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GM gets 104 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:02 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
General Motors received 104 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,430, according to the official administering the compensation program.... Read More »

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Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout.... Read More »

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GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect

7:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law.... Read More »

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GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund

11:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today.... Read More »

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Two more deaths eligible for GM compensation

1:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Claims deemed eligible for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose slightly in the last week, including two additional deaths attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report today.... Read More »

GM replacing keys on 2014-15 trucks to prevent ignition shutoff

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
GM is replacing ignition keys on its newest trucks because of a design problem that can cause the shift lever to bump the key and shut off the engine. GM said its investigators determined that the issue was not a safety defect because it occurs only when the driver has a foot on the brake and is shifting gears.... Read More »

GM recalls more than 300,000 SUVs, sedans for headlamps that go dark

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
General Motors is recalling 316,357 older-model SUVs and sedans for a problem with malfunctioning headlamps.... Read More »

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Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ignition switch -- crashed, her lawyer said.... Read More »

GM executives help scour social media to spot vehicle flaws

10:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
GM executives and other staff members have taken to social media to find customer complaints and identify quality issues long before they become a crisis.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31.... Read More »

GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. Boler-Davis, who has been in charge of quality since July 2013, will retain responsibilities for customer experience and oversee OnStar as well.... Read More »

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GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls. Arizona was seeking an estimated $3 billion from GM, the New York Times reported.... Read More »

GM getting positive reviews on Wall Street despite record recalls

8:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
If relative value means anything, GM may be the best buy in the auto industry. That, at least, is the consensus of bullish analysts, who are extolling the highest-quality vehicles in decades and operating margins to go with them, even as GM suffers a record recall of cars.... Read More »

GM grants another month for victim filings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31.... Read More »

GM's bankruptcy judge to retire, remain on recall status

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing part of the fallout from General Motors' problems with faulty ignition switches will retire from the bench, but remain active in so-called recall status for at least a year, his court announced.... Read More »

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Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the best I could" in his first public comments since GM recalled 2.6 million cars to address the defect early this year.... Read More »

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Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant.... Read More »

Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and friends of people killed in defective GM vehicles.... Read More »

Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety advocate's suggestion that he comb regulators' files for relevant accidents.... Read More »

GM December switch order shows failure to disclose under Barra

6:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The disclosure of December e-mails by General Motors shows that even after Mary Barra took over as CEO, the automaker failed to disclose key information about its ignition-switch recall -- raising more questions about what she knew and how quickly she’s been changing GM’s culture.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. For the past five months, Averill's name sat in a footnote at the bottom of Page 103 in the Valukas report, which details the findings of General Motors' investigation into that defective ignition switch.... Read More »

GM switch fund approves 2 more death, 4 injury claims

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
A program to compensate the victims of a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles found last week that the part was linked to two additional deaths and four injuries, bringing the total number of eligible claims to 67, according to a report on Monday.... Read More »

GM recall controversy could eclipse Ford-Firestone, PR guru Vines says

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
When it comes to public relations crises in the automobile industry, the Ford-Firestone tire controversy in the early 2000s was the biggest. Jason Vines should know. He was in charge of PR at Ford at the time. But Vines believes the General Motors ignition-switch recall could yet eclipse Ford-Firestone.... Read More »

GM ordered new ignition switches months before recall, report says

10:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
GM ordered a half-million new replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it told federal safety regulators about the safety issues which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.... Read More »

GM's first safety-defect trial set for January 2016

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
A federal judge in Manhattan has set Jan. 11, 2016, for the first trial in consolidated litigation against GM over a series of safety issues, including a faulty ignition switch, that have prompted millions of recalls this year.... Read More »

GM asks bankruptcy judge to bar $10 billion ignition claims

6:33 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
General Motors asked a judge to knock out lawsuits demanding $10 billion for the lost value of millions of cars recalled this year for ignition-switch fixes and other repairs.... Read More »

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GM could face extra $2 billion tab if bankruptcy shield crumbles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Jesse Salazar III says an ignition switch flaw in his 2008 Chevrolet HHR has depressed its value, and he wants manufacturer GM to make it up to him. GM will argue in court filings later today that it shouldn't owe money to Salazar and hundreds of thousands of people like him.... Read More »

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GM offers gift cards as bait for owners to get recalled cars fixed

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
General Motors is dangling $25 gift cards to Starbucks, Bass Pro Shops and other retailers to persuade nearly 1 million owners of recalled cars with faulty ignition switches to get them fixed.... Read More »

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GM ignition-switch claims rise 12 percent

11:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
A program to compensate victims of accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received 1,772 claims for injuries and deaths, a 12 percent increase from the previous week, according to a report updated today.... Read More »

GM lawsuit poses danger to future bailouts, Treasury says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
The Treasury Department says confidential information it received during the GM bailout should stay secret, otherwise at-risk companies needing government help in the future might not be willing to share data.... Read More »

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Deaths linked to GM's ignition switch rise to 30

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of mishaps caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors' vehicles has approved one new death claim, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the switch so far to 30, according to a report released today.... Read More »

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 29

11:16 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles has approved two new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 29, according to a report released on Monday by the lawyer overseeing the program.... Read More »

Late-model vehicles stretch GM's recall rolls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
An Automotive News analysis of documents filed with federal regulators shows that GM is moving faster to identify and fix problems but that many defects, especially in newer vehicles, are still reaching customers.... Read More »

Top GM lawyer Michael Millikin, blasted during Congress' recall hearings, to retire

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
GM's top lawyer, Michael Millikin, 66, is retiring three months after he withstood withering criticism by lawmakers for his department's handling of GM's deadly ignition switch defect. The company said it will begin an immediate external search for his replacement.... Read More »

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GM sued for $10 billion over losses on 27 million recalled cars

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors was hit with its biggest lawsuit so far over serial recalls, brought on behalf of drivers of 27 million vehicles seeking more than $10 billion in compensation for fallen car prices.... Read More »

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Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 27

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has approved three new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 27, according to a report released today by the lawyer overseeing the program.... Read More »

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GM recalls 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police cars

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
General Motors is recalling 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from the 2011-13 model years for a problem with the gear shifter that could allow the car to roll away while in park.... Read More »

Claims for compensation from faulty GM ignition switch rise to 1,130

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The number of claims of injury and death linked to a faulty ignition switch in GM cars rose 30 percent last week to 1,130, according to a report on Monday from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims.... Read More »

GM issues 3 more recalls covering more than 57,000 vehicles

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
GM issued three more recalls Saturday covering more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for potential problems ranging from a wiring problem in the steering column to inadvertent shutdown of the engine.... Read More »

GM halts 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon deliveries to fix airbag flaw

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM instructed dealers to halt deliveries of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag defect, just two weeks after shipments began for the high-profile launch.... Read More »

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GM recall of 379,401 U.S. vehicles includes Cadillac SRX, Chevy Spark

7:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
General Motors today said it will conduct two more recalls. They cover 524,384 vehicles globally, including 379,401 in the United States.... Read More »

GM to recall 117,651 vehicles for chassis-control flaw

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
GM is recalling 117,651 2013-14 model-year trucks, crossovers and sedans across all four of its North America brands to fix a potentially faulty chassis-control system that could fail and increase the risk of a crash.... Read More »

VIDEO: Barra eager to implement strategic plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra said she's impatient to implement the company's 2014 strategic plan, which aims to elevate GM to 'the most valued automotive company' over the next five years.... Read More »

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Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 23

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars rose by two last week to 23, according to a report today from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims.... Read More »

GM victim fund begins payout offers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week.... Read More »

Barra lands on Time cover and back in the spotlight

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
After months of blistering criticism, lampoons and scrutiny of General Motors, CEO Mary Barra is venturing back into the media spotlight after an initial rush of positive publicity early this year when she became the first female CEO of a major automaker.... Read More »

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GM ignition-switch victim's family to accept compensation offer, lawyer says

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
The family of at least one victim killed in a General Motors vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept an offer from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said today.... Read More »

GM compensation fund makes first offers to victims, receives more claims

6:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
The fund created to compensate for deaths or injuries linked to General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches this week made its first cash offers to about 15 people, the office of the lawyer overseeing the program said on Wednesday.... Read More »

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Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part.... Read More »

Now, it's NHTSA under fire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about its past and its ability to effectively police auto safety.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

GM has accepted blame -- why won't NHTSA?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
General Motors' ongoing recall saga is exposing a sharp contrast in behavior between the regulated and the regulators.... Read More »

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GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas; Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler Group called back some Jeep and Dodge SUVs, according to government reports.... Read More »

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U.S. judge orders discovery to begin in some GM ignition switch cases

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
A federal judge in Manhattan today ordered discovery to begin for some cases filed against General Motors in connection with its recall of millions of cars for a faulty ignition switch.... Read More »

Barra says GM continues pursuit of 'zero defect mentality'

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told an event here today about being the target of Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett. But she gave little detail on GM's new Cadillac to be built in Detroit.... Read More »

House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by U.S. lawmakers this week for its handling of the General Motors ignition switch recalls.... Read More »

VIDEO: Extended Play: NHTSA's Friedman in hot seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
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NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today insisted that his agency lacked enough information to force a recall of faulty General Motors ignition switches before this year, but under heavy criticism from members of a Senate subcommittee he admitted that regulators could have done better.... Read More »

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NHTSA boss says GM made 'incredibly poor decisions' on recalls

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized GM for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a "new normal" for safety recalls.... Read More »

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House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today.... Read More »

Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. The approved claims are now awaiting a decision on payment amounts.... Read More »

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GM has substantially completed vehicle recalls, Barra says

9:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors has “substantially completed” its vehicle recalls, CEO Mary Barra said. “We're working hard to make sure that as new vehicles come out, they achieve even higher levels” of quality and safety, Barra told reporters in New Delhi today. “We're very focused to being industry leaders.”... Read More »

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GM, NHTSA discussed Saturn Vue key-pullout 3 times before recall

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors, before recalling more than 200,000 Saturn Vues with ignition problems last month, discussed the issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration three times beginning in mid-June, documents revealed today show.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

GM clears the backlog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide.... Read More »

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GM, with ignition parts shipped, must now find recalled cars' owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
GM has passed a significant milestone in its campaign to replace potentially defective ignition switches in millions of cars recalled worldwide: It cleared its backlog of parts orders. Now comes another tough task: Finding the roughly 1 million owners of cars covered by the recall who haven't contacted a dealership.... Read More »

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GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
General Motors' website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said.... Read More »

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U.S. judge appoints lead counsel for GM ignition-switch cases

7:06 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
A federal judge has appointed two lawyers who led cases against Toyota, and a plaintiffs' attorney from Texas, to lead litigation against General Motors related to a faulty ignition switch that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles this year.... Read More »

Attorneys for GM customers compete to lead ignition-switch legal battle

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Lawyers for GM customers are jostling to lead lawsuits over faulty ignition switches. They don't know what they can sue for -- a judge will tell them that -- but they do want to be in charge.... Read More »

GM loses bid to dismiss revived ignition-switch lawsuit

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
General Motors failed to convince a Georgia judge to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of a 29-year-old woman that helped trigger the automaker's ignition-switch recall crisis. Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley today set a trial date for April 2016.... Read More »

Victims' claims for GM compensation pour in

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
More than half of the 113 applications submitted in the first week of General Motors' compensation program for victims of its faulty ignition switch were death claims.... Read More »

GM issues 5 more recalls covering 269,000 vehicles

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors issued five recalls covering about 269,000 U.S. vehicles, from 2013 Cadillac ATS sedans for a seat belt glitch to older-model Saturn Vue crossovers for a problem with the key coming out when the ignition is not turned off.... Read More »

GM to ask court to reject revival of Georgia ignition death suit

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
GM will ask a Georgia judge on Saturday to reject an attempt to revive the lawsuit that helped trigger the recall of 2.59 million cars over faulty ignition switches.... Read More »

GM's recall website gives incorrect information, U.S. says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
GM's website set up to give consumers quick information on recalled cars has been providing inaccurate information, the U.S. Transportation Department said. When consumers entered a vehicle identification number to determine whether their car or light truck was subject to recall, some were erroneously told no, NHTSA said.... Read More »

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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.... Read More »

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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.... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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Akerson says GM's problems were worse than execs thought

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall was indicative of a flawed corporate culture that was worse than he and other executives had originally recognized.... Read More »

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GM's top N.A. lawyer shares hot seat with boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
When Lucy Clark Dougherty was named General Motors' top lawyer for North America in 2011, she was considered the likely candidate to succeed General Counsel Michael Millikin. Now the two are sharing an uncomfortable spotlight amid criticism of the legal department's handling of a faulty ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

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GM lists more Cobalt, Ion fatalities in quarterly crash data

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
In the first quarter, General Motors received claims that defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion caused 17 deaths and 167 injuries, according to data it submitted to federal safety regulators.... Read More »

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GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors is recalling another 717,950 vehicles in the United States, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 safety campaigns covering around 29 million vehicles globally.... Read More »

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Top lawyer keeps pall over GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
The changing perception among some of GM CEO Mary Barra's toughest critics suggests that she is maneuvering GM out of the worst of the recall crisis. But the praise came with a scorching indictment of her decision not to fire chief counsel Michael Millikin.... Read More »

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GM's stealth redesign of switches kept old parts in circulation

3:34 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
New documents reveal GM redesigned faulty ignition switches without changing the part number in more than the 2.59 million small cars at the center of its recall crisis. Some of those additional vehicles underwent an ignition switch redesign as far back as 2004, GM said in a letter to regulators posted today by NHTSA.... Read More »

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?... Read More »

GM recalled some models with problematic switches; judges others safe, report says

8:28 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM last month recalled millions of vehicles with three different designs of ignition switches that could accidentally turn off the engine and disable air bags in a crash. But the automaker has concluded that more than 2 million other vehicles equipped with the same switches are safe.... Read More »

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GM revises way legal staff handles safety suits

9:35 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
GM has hired an outside legal firm to review the company's litigation practices and has revised the way it handles civil lawsuits so that cases involving serious injuries or deaths will be reviewed by the company's general counsel and engineering staffs, GM's top lawyer plans to tell a Senate panel on Thursday.... Read More »

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Prosecutors' case against GM to focus on misleading statements, report says

7:31 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether GM made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation, Reuters reported.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

GM's false economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
It's not yet clear what the final tab will be on General Motors' unfolding recall mess, but it certainly will put a dent in the automaker's so-called fortress balance sheet.... Read More »

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Delphi CEO summoned to Capitol Hill on GM recall

4:01 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Delphi Automotive, which supplied the faulty ignition switch at the center of General Motors' safety crisis, will join GM on Capitol Hill's hot seat.... Read More »

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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.... Read More »

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.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

GM is doing the right thing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
It's going to be very expensive for GM, but the company made the right decision to hire Kenneth Feinberg and give him the responsibility to negotiate with the people filing claims.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Safety comes to the fore

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
As the General Motors recall crisis evolves, it's clear that the entire auto industry's approach to quality, safety, public disclosure and legal responsibility will change fundamentally.... Read More »

New GM ignition parts arriving; just don't worry about what the box says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
General Motors told its 4,300 dealerships late last month that the parts to replace faulty ignition switches on nearly 3 million recalled small cars are finally flowing in "unprecedented volume."... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Just how much will recall storm cost GM?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2014
For all of the screaming headlines about record recalls, safety lapses and victim compensation, General Motors' two most important constituencies -- customers and investors -- seem unfazed.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM switch complaints began 17 years ago, long before Cobalt

6:55 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
General Motors car owners have been complaining to dealers about defective ignition switches since 1997, years before the automaker launched the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars with faulty switches linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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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.... Read More »

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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.... Read More »

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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.... Read More »

GM compensation announcement

GM digs deep to fix safety problems

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
If recalls are a kind of a manufacturer do-over, this month's recall of some Chevrolet Cobalts and HHRs for a power-steering defect was a do-over of a do-over. General Motors already had ordered a replacement of power-steering components on those cars in a recall action several years ago. Now, it's telling owners that the fix wasn't good enough.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Lots of negative consequences for companies in crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A crisis such as the one General Motors is suffering through has all kinds of negative consequences. And not just the obvious ones.... Read More »

GM victims' lawyer says Feinberg to offer uncapped payment fund, report says

12:34 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, who's creating a fund to compensate victims of GM's faulty ignition switch, is expected to offer payments for all drivers, passengers and bystanders killed or hurt in collisions related to the defect, according to a lawyer who said he's spoken to him, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

GM recalls 392,459 big pickups, SUVs to update transfer case software

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
GM is calling back 392,459 of its newest pickups and SUVs in the United States for a problem that could allow the trucks to slip into neutral unexpectedly, as the automaker continues a sweeping safety review in the wake of its bungled handling of a faulty ignition switch.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM was urged in 2004 report to study Cobalt's ignition-airbag link

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
A General Motors supplier studying an "anomaly" in a crash test on a preproduction Chevrolet Cobalt urged the company in 2004 to take a closer look at the connection between the ignition system and airbag deployment -- a link that eluded engineers and investigators at the company for years afterward.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM's current product chief was part of '05 ignition-flaw debate

6:46 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
A top product-development executive still working at General Motors was involved in deliberations about a deadly ignition flaw kept from the public, newly released documents indicate.... Read More »

Rockefeller proposes bill to strengthen auto-safety regulators

6:52 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety proposed a bill late Thursday that would give U.S. regulators more funding and greater power to deal with light-vehicle defects.... Read More »

GM lifts stop-sale order on Cruze as probe continues

3:20 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
General Motors, which has recalled a record number of vehicles in the United States this year, lifted its temporary stop-sale order on its top-selling Chevrolet Cruze sedans as it evaluates the vehicles for a new type of airbag problem.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM halts sale of some 2013-14 Chevy Cruze models for airbag glitch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
GM told dealers in the United States and Canada to temporarily halt delivery of some 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans on Wednesday because of a potential problem with an airbag supplied by Takata, hampering sales of the company's top-selling car amid an end-of-the-month sales push.... Read More »

'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, but the company didn't notify existing owners about the problem until an April 2014 recall, according to a newly released document GM filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM says other defective ignition switch made in China

8:38 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
GM said a defective ignition switch linked to the recall of almost 3.4 million cars was made in China, where another car maker discovered a problem part earlier this year.... Read More »

GM'S BIG 180

Reversal on stalling risk forces new look at ignition issues

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Ten years ago, General Motors insisted that engine stall is not a safety defect. Now, in the face of evidence that faulty ignition switches contributed to at least 13 deaths, GM's position has changed. That radical shift in thinking is rippling through GM.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM quality manager warned board of serious problems in 2002

10:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company's board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers' hands.”... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM dangles dealer bonuses to speed ignition-switch repairs

1:59 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
GM is rolling out a series of initiatives to accelerate the fix of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches, including offering dealerships bonus money for speedy repairs.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM, in shift, deems stalling a safety issue

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra told members of Congress on Wednesday that the automaker now considers unexpected vehicle shutoffs to be a safety concern, reversing a policy that had treated complaints about the Chevrolet Cobalt as low priority.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM whistleblower was told to 'not find every problem,' report says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
A GM employee who continued to notice safety issues in vehicles and spoke up was transferred to a job where he was instructed to “not find every problem that GM might have,” according to a Bloomberg Businessweek story posted today.... Read More »

Lawsuit says GM owners owed around $10 billion in lost value after recalls

2:39 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
A new lawsuit says General Motors should compensate millions of car and truck owners for lost resale value, potentially exceeding $10 billion, because a slew of recalls and a deadly delay in recalling cars with defective ignition switches has damaged its brand.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

House panel blasts GM's 'culture of secrecy'

11:57 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced intensive questioning from a House subcommittee for nearly three hours today over the slow recall of defective ignition switches, with lawmakers questioning whether she can truly change the company's culture.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM says it will 'rework or replace' ignition keys on 3.4 million cars

4:01 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
GM is recalling 3.4 million cars in North America because bumpy terrain and weight attached to the key could move the ignition switch out of the run position -- the same basic problem that began its recall crisis earlier this year. GM said it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to the recall.... Read More »

Tough tasks, deadlines loom in GM's safety overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The story of what went wrong in General Motors' deadly ignition switch defect has been laid out in painful detail. Now GM is setting out to make good on CEO Mary Barra's promise never to let another deadly flaw slip through.... Read More »

GM has fixed 154,731 of 2.59M cars in ignition recall, House panel says

11:57 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
General Motors has repaired 154,731 cars of the 2.59 million recalled worldwide to fix a defective ignition switch tied to 13 fatalities, according to a memo released by U.S. congressional investigators.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Changing GM will take time

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
GM's management team needs a lot of help from nonexecutive Chairman Tim Solso and President Dan Ammann. Their strength is that they are from outside.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Valukas report is required reading for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The Valukas report is a damning indictment of misconduct, incompetence and inaction leading to great harm to General Motor's customers. It also can be a mirror for the rest of the auto industry.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM to recall 511,528 Camaros for ignition-related defect; 3 other recalls announced

9:20 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
General Motors announced four more recalls today covering more than 500,000 cars sold in the United States -- including every Camaro sold since the current iteration of the iconic muscle car went on sale.... Read More »

GM employees questioned by U.S. attorney under ignition switch probe, reports say

6:19 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Federal prosecutors have begun interviewing present and former GM employees as part of a criminal probe into the automaker's delayed ignition-switch recall that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Rattner says he saw 'GM nod' and 'GM salute' during rescue

3:26 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Steven Rattner, the former auto czar who led the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, says he witnessed GM's problematic management culture firsthand and was shocked -- and crash victim advocates are asking why he didn't act.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM Georgia move may preview handling of switch injury litigation

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
General Motors previewed how it may handle some death and injury lawsuits triggered by faulty ignition switches when it moved an already-settled case from state to federal court after the plaintiffs tried to revive their claim.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch defect response probed by 9 states

10:03 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
GM's delayed decision to recall almost 2.6 million cars for ignition-switch defects is being investigated by attorneys general in Florida, Connecticut and at least seven more states.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Barra to return to Capitol Hill next Wednesday with Valukas

12:30 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra and outside attorney Anton Valukas are scheduled testify before a House committee next week to answer questions about GM's recently released investigation into the handling of its faulty ignition switches.... Read More »

GM victims' fund to have 'modest' window for claims

10:33 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, who is managing GM's' fund to compensate victims of ignition flaws linked to at least 13 deaths, said there will be a modest window for filing applications after it starts accepting claims around Aug. 1.... Read More »

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

The hidden brilliance of Barra's cliches

5:34 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Mary Barra has been frustrating. The best we've heard from GM's new CEO during the recall crisis is a bland, canned line about “putting the customer at the center of everything we do.”... Read More »

GM addresses NHTSA's recall inquiries, ending daily fines of $7,000

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
GM has met requirements of federal regulators for documents and other information tied to its ignition switch recall. The automaker racked up more than $420,000 in daily fines of $7,000 for its delay in providing the information.... Read More »

GM employees are 'owning' Valukas report, Barra says

9:27 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that the company's employees are galvanized by the findings of its internal investigation into a deadly defect that exposed "incompetence" and a troubled corporate culture.... Read More »

THE GM REPORT

How Ray DeGiorgio threw GM investigators off track for years

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
General Motors' investigation into its mishandling of a fatal defect spreads blame among dozens of employees at various levels, but it bluntly says the problem began -- and remained unfixed for years -- largely because of "a single engineer."... Read More »

Searing report gives Barra a mandate to reshape GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
General Motors employees who showed up at a town hall meeting last week expecting to hear CEO Mary Barra talk about moving on from the company's embarrassing safety crisis were thrown a curveball.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch protesters expected at annual meeting

4:06 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
A planned protest at General Motors headquarters by family members of crash victims will serve as the backdrop Tuesday to an annual meeting of GM shareholders here that should prove more substantive than the mundane proceedings of past years.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch plaintiffs seek to reopen case settled in 2008

11:00 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
General Motors committed fraud while settling claims over a 2004 accident that left one man dead and his fiancee pleading guilty to a crime, the victim’s family said in a lawsuit seeking to reopen the case.... Read More »

GM faulty-switch cases sent to federal court in New York

11:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
A federal judicial panel today ruled that lawsuits against General Motors over economic damages allegedly caused by a recent recall for faulty ignition switches will be heard in Manhattan.... Read More »

Hidden in plain sight

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Time and again over those years, engineers and attorneys at GM dismissed or ignored a link that was obvious to experts around them, according to the GM-commissioned report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas.... Read More »

Compensation terms left to Feinberg

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg will be given full say in determining which victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switch will qualify for compensation and how much money GM ultimately will pay.... Read More »

Report fingers GM culture as a culprit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
General Motors' hidebound culture is the subject of numerous books and business school case studies. The 325-page report penned by attorney Anton Valukas' investigative team might be among the most revealing.... Read More »

Lawyers scan GM report for details to bolster negligence suits

8:05 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
Plaintiffs' lawyers began scouring GM's report on its handling of faulty ignition switches that have been tied to 13 deaths and say they are finding details that could bolster their negligence cases.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM's first missed sign of fatal flaw came in late 2003

2:02 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The first death linked to faulty ignition switches in millions of General Motors cars happened more than a decade before the automaker recalled them, according to the report on GM's internal investigation.... Read More »

Feinberg's 9/11 formula gives clues to how he'll craft GM payouts

12:34 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Ken Feinberg gained prominence compensating victims after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the BP oil spill, developing methods that show he's likely to be a tough negotiator in deciding how much money people get for injuries they had in defective GM cars.... Read More »

Number of known GM dismissals reaches 8 out of 15

11:12 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
More names of ousted General Motors executives have begun to emerge -- eight of them so far, including at least one vice president and two directors -- for their roles in the still-unfolding drama over deadly ignition switches in older GM cars, according to people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

GM issues recall for 89,000 newer vehicles

4:13 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
General Motors today issued four safety recalls covering about 89,000 newer car and truck models in the United States, adding to its record total of callbacks for the year.... Read More »

GM's big blunder: missing the link between stalling, airbags

7:40 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM engineers knew the ignition switch in the Chevrolet Cobalt could be bumped out of position, cutting the engine, according to former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas' report released Thursday. But the bigger risk, that cutting off the engine would cut off the airbags in the event of a crash, escaped GM's engineers and investigators for years.... Read More »

GM says death toll could rise; Feinberg will set compensation terms

12:35 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
General Motors acknowledged today that the number of deaths related to its faulty ignition switch could rise from 13, and said outside attorney Kenneth Feinberg will determine who is eligible for compensation and how much money GM ultimately will pay.... Read More »

GM recall blitz isn't over

10:19 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that the proliferation of recalls at GM will be the “new norm” as the automaker sets out to fix problems that led to its safety crisis.... Read More »

Angry Barra tells troops: Never forget what happened

12:17 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra today gave the most forceful and forthright speech of her short tenure, telling thousands of employees that she was "saddened and disturbed" reading the internal report detailing the company's deadly ignition switch defect while vowing to never let the company forget the lessons learned.... Read More »

Barra, Valukas summoned to Capitol Hill for hearings

11:19 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
The two congressional committees investigating General Motors' recall crisis said today that they will hold follow-up hearings, with GM CEO Mary Barra and independent investigator Anton Valukas invited to testify.... Read More »

Overhaul ordered for GM's legal department

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
General Motors says its top attorney has survived today's wave of firings, but outside investigator Anton Valukas is calling for a sweeping overhaul of GM's legal department based on its handling of the ignition switch crisis.... Read More »

REACTION: What analysts, lawmakers and others are saying about GM recall findings

8:23 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
A roundup of what analysts, lawmakers and government officials and others are saying about the findings in GM's internal report about delayed recalls.... Read More »

Blame for ‘switch from hell’ falls heavily on one GM engineer

5:08 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM's investigation into the mishandling of faulty ignition switches spreads blame among dozens of employees at various levels of the automaker, but it says the problem began and then continued unresolved for years largely because of “a single engineer” who just lost his job.... Read More »

Senior lawyer Bill Kemp ousted by GM following Valukas review, report says

12:51 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM ousted Bill Kemp, a senior lawyer who was responsible for safety issues within its legal department, as the automaker reforms the operations that failed to address defective parts linked to 13 deaths, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

GM says '14 profit may be ahead of plan, sees Europe in the black by mid-decade

4:02 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM said today its 2014 profit could be stronger than it expected and painted a more rosy picture in Europe, on the same day it said "incompetence and neglect" at the company failed to catch a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

Read GM's internal report from investigator Anton Valukas here

12:33 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
The full pdf of General Motors' internal report on the ignition switch recall.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM to release results of internal probe on Thursday

12:32 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
General Motors plans to release on Thursday morning results from its internal investigation into why it did not recall 2.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches for about a decade after problems surfaced.... Read More »

GM officials expect internal probe to exonerate Barra, report says

6:47 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
General Motors officials increasingly believe CEO Mary Barra will be cleared of wrongdoing in the recall crisis after a three-month internal investigation, the New York Times reported.... Read More »

Follow GM's recall report Thursday on autonews.com

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will hold a town hall-type meeting with employees on Thursday to share the findings of an internal investigation into why the automaker took so long to recall vehicles with flawed ignition switches.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims' families

10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
General Motors apologized to families of accident victims who have been notified to bring in cars for replacement of defective ignition switches.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM sued by Ark. used-car dealer for damages from 'dangerous' car inventory

9:50 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
A used-car dealer in Arkansas is seeking compensation from GM for being saddled with an inventory of “highly dangerous vehicles” that includes cars not yet recalled over ignition-switch defects.... Read More »

GM dealers: Recalls put bonus at risk

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Some General Motors dealers worry that an onslaught of safety recalls could jeopardize their quarterly incentive bonuses. GM told dealers in recent weeks to stop delivering several high-volume models that later were recalled to fix safety defects.... Read More »

Chevy dealer boosts staff for recall surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
General Motors' flood of recalls has bumped up the service business at Chevrolet of Wesley Chapel by about 40 percent.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Investigator's findings on ignition switch mess will define GM's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2014
In March, CEO Mary Barra drafted former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas to delve into some of the most vexing questions surrounding GM's botched response to a shoddy ignition switch. Now the answers are coming due, as GM prepares to release findings from Valukas' investigation as early as this week.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM asks judge to protect information sought by consumer advocate

4:31 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
GM asked a federal judge in Washington to protect information related to its ignition-switch defect that a consumer-advocacy group sought from the United States Treasury, according to a filing on Friday.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Akerson, Solso deny knowing of GM ignition switch defect

1:45 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
General Motors Chairman Tim Solso and former CEO Dan Akerson said neither they nor current CEO Mary Barra knew about GM's defective ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM seeks N.Y. court for recall suits as plaintiffs' lawyers claim death toll rises

6:47 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
GM said it wants a New York court to handle lawsuits arising from its ignition defect recall as lawyers for car owners said deaths caused by the flaw exceed the automaker’s count of 13.... Read More »

Location of GM ignition suit litigation to be decided by U.S. panel

6:38 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
GM wants to return to a New York courtroom to fight at least 90 ignition-switch defect lawsuits while some car owners are driving for the cases to be heard by a California judge seasoned in auto litigation.... Read More »

Barra says recall crisis stemmed from GM's communication breakdowns

11:51 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in an interview published today that she didn't know when GM's ignition switch defect surfaced because the company is so vast and communication between GM's 219,000 employees -- 326,000 at the time the problem emerged -- broke down.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer says he didn't remember changing ignition switch part

10:25 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
The GM engineer who approved modifying a faulty ignition switch design in 2006 without changing the part number or pushing for a recall told congressional investigators this month that he forgot ever authorizing the change, according to a report published Wednesday.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

'I bet my life' that Barra was unaware of safety defect, Akerson says

11:27 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
Former GM CEO Dan Akerson says in a new published report that his successor, Mary Barra, didn't know about a deadly safety defect in GM small cars when she took the job in January.... Read More »

GM dealers fret about brand damage, prep for service windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
For dealers, General Motors' record barrage of safety recalls is a startling, confusing, aggravating logistical headache. It's also potentially lucrative. Much of the money GM has carved out to cover the cost of the recalls will flow to dealerships for repair work and reimbursement for loaner vehicles.... Read More »

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