Litigation and Regulations

Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a United States senator who has been one of the staunchest critics of GM's handling of its ignition switch recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

GM missed red flag from rental car firms on fatal crashes

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
More than seven years before GM began the biggest wave of auto recalls in history, an investigator for Vanguard Car Rental contacted the carmaker about a fatal rollover crash in California. Vanguard wasn't alone. Records show Enterprise Holdings pressed the automaker about a potential Cobalt defect because airbags failed in routine crashes. Avis and Hertz also had Cobalts in their fleets that crashed....
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Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Meanwhile, the lithium ion electric batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle survived during their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with no problems reported....
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GM sued over deaths, injuries linked to ignition switch

10:14 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches....
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Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Both automakers are accused of employing ignition switches that can be unexpectedly turned off, cutting power to brakes, steering and airbags and causing potentially deadly loss of control....
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GM moved faster to fix larger cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show....
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THE GM RECALL

GM seeks broader immunity in switch lawsuits

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
GM, moving to expand its immunity from lawsuits after recalling almost 29 million cars in North America, said it sees no need to try to settle customer claims until a judge decides whether it's legally responsible for faults in its predecessor's cars....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine....
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Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”...
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2 senators want probe of delays in rail deliveries to dealerships

4:23 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Two senators are asking the Surface Transportation Board -- a bipartisan body of the Department of Transportation -- to investigate railroad delays of vehicle deliveries to dealerships....
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Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

9:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The driver of a stolen Model S sedan that crashed and split in two in west Los Angeles nearly a week ago has died. The L.A. County Department of Coroner said today that the driver, Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif., died on Monday....
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GM recalls nearly 30,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles

July 10, 2014 13:56 CET
General Motors is recalling almost 30,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles in the United States for a seat belt issue that has previously affected sedan models....
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U.S. auto recalls smash single-year record with 6 months to go

12:49 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Automakers this year have already recalled more vehicles in the United States than in any other year on record. NHTSA says U.S. recalls total 37.5 million cars to date, topping the 30.8 million record set in 2004....
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THE GM RECALL

GM won't use insurance proceeds to pay ignition-switch claims

10:31 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
General Motors will not be looking for liability insurance funds to help pay for claims stemming from its ignition-switch safety crisis. "It will be done through cash on hand, no insurance," said David Roman, GM's director of financial communications....
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GM RECALL

GM victims bear burden of proof

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The victim compensation program that attorney Kenneth Feinberg outlined last week requires claimants to provide evidence that the defective switch played a role in the accident....
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NICK BUNKLEY

Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families

3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. Compensation doesn’t fill the void created on a rainy December night five years ago, when her 25-year-old daughter’s Chevrolet Cobalt SS hit a tree off Interstate 24 in Tennessee and no airbags deployed. More than compensation, Chansuthus wants accountability....
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Subaru recalls 660,000 vehicles for potential road salt brake-line corrosion

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Subaru of America is recalling more than 660,000 vehicles in 20 “salt belt” states and the District of Columbia for potential brake-line corrosion that can occur when salt water enters through a gap in the fuel tank protector, the company said today....
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THE GM RECALL

GM victims contacting Feinberg a month before program start

7:14 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer hired by General Motors to arrange compensation for victims of cars with defective ignition switches, is already hearing from people even though claims won't be accepted until Aug. 1....
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Chrysler faces NHTSA query on delayed Jeep fix

1:48 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Chrysler Group has been placed back in the recall hotseat with federal safety regulators for allegedly dragging its feet in efforts to improve the rear crashworthiness of older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys....
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THE GM RECALL

GM judge says concealing switch fault would have been fraud

11:56 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors customers who sued the automaker over fallen car prices might have a stronger case if they could prove the company defrauded the court when testifying during its 2009 bankruptcy, a judge said....
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GM Korea contractor probed by prosecutors for possible leak of engine technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors said South Korean prosecutors are investigating whether a contractor leaked the carmaker’s engine technology overseas....
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Calif. prosecutor sues GM over claims it hid defects

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
GM was sued by a California prosecutor over claims it deceived buyers by intentionally concealing defects rather than fixing them....
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THE GM RECALL

Feinberg details eligibility for GM ignition-switch compensation

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Attorney Ken Feinberg's plan for compensating victims of GM's ignition-switch defect will include a broader set of criteria than GM has used to determine which crashes are linked to the faulty part, which means the company's estimate of 54 related accidents and 13 fatalities almost surely will rise. Feinberg said in an interview during the weekend that he will consider claims involving any accident in which airbags didn't deploy in the 2....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition issues trigger another massive recall

2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
GM is recalling another 8.4 million cars globally from the 1997 to 2014 model years, including some that are linked to seven crashes, eight injuries and three deaths. Most of the cars -- 7.6 million -- are across seven full-sized models being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation, GM said Monday. The fatalities, which occurred in two crashes, involved 2003 and 2004 Impalas....
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KEITH CRAIN

An easy solution to recall compliance

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Even on the most serious recalls, the percentage of owners who get their vehicles fixed is low. Joan Claybrook, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has an idea: If a vehicle hasn't had all recall repairs made, the owner can't register it to operate on the road....
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