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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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THE GM RECALL

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....
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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?...
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THE GM RECALL

Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the automaker's top lawyer. But Barra said she intended to keep Michael Millikin, GM's general counsel since 2009, defending him as “a man of incredibly high integrity” whose subordinates failed him....
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Hide No Harm Act would fine, imprison execs who conceal product dangers

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Two senators today unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products....
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THE GM RECALL

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....
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THE GM RECALL

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....
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Senate's second GM hearing set for July 17

2:20 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
A Senate panel's probe into General Motors' botched handling of faulty ignition switches that have been tied to at least 16 fatal car crashes will continue with a second hearing on July 17....
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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. The legislation from Senator Jay Rockefeller would give NHTSA authority to order dangerous vehicles off the road, rather than merely advising customers not to drive them....
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Former supplier CEO wins U.S. House seat in Florida

2:50 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The former CEO of wheel supplier Hayes Lemmerz is headed to Congress to replace a Florida representative who resigned in January after being busted for possession of cocaine. Republican Curtis Clawson won a special election Tuesday in Florida's 19th District, which includes Naples and Fort Meyers, by garnering 67 percent of the vote....
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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....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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GABE NELSON

Three takeaways from Barra's return to Capitol Hill

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
General Motors' ignition switch defect has done the impossible: It has unified a bitterly split Congress in a desire for closure....
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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. Her statement contrasts with the approach that GM engineers used a decade ago when they viewed stalling Cobalts and Saturn Ions as a matter of customer inconvenience and studied it with little urgency....
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U.S. senators want to hike gasoline tax for first time since 1993

4:11 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
Two senators said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country's transportation projects from running out of money in August....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's Barra to tell U.S. Congress she 'will not rest' until automaker fixes problems

June 18, 2014 06:01 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra will tell the U.S. Congress today that she “will not rest” until the automaker has fixed problems that allowed a deadly flaw in the Chevrolet Cobalt to fester for more than a decade....
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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. Some panel members reprimanded the company for a "culture of secrecy" and said its problems went "well beyond a rogue engineer." Barra vowed GM will set a new industry standard for vehicle safety....
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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....
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JIM HENRY

U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The auto finance industry, auto dealers, and their mostly Republican allies in Congress continue to make it clear they don’t like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or how it was set up in 2010....
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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....
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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....
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U.S. senators seek to lift $35 million cap on NHTSA fines

4:13 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Arguing that federal auto safety regulators cannot impose large enough fines to deter companies like General Motors from sitting on safety problems, a trio of Senate Democrats is proposing that the penalty cap be removed entirely....
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GM expects to release recall reports at same time, AP says

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told lawmakers that GM plans to release its long-awaited ignition switch recall investigation simultaneously with its plan for compensating victims of the flawed part, The Associated Press reported today....
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THE GM RECALL

GM legal department under scrutiny in company's recall probe, report says

9:12 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2014
General Motors' legal department is the focus of an internal inquiry into how the company handled a vehicle safety defect linked to 13 deaths, the New York Times reported, citing two people with knowledge of the inquiry....
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