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Driver of Faulty GM Car Cleared in Fiance's Death

Candice Anderson had been convicted in 2004 crash

(Newser) - Guilt has been the prominent emotion dogging Candice Anderson in the past decade since her fiance, Gene Erickson, was killed in a 2004 car crash while she was driving. Yesterday, some of that guilt was alleviated when a Texas judge removed the criminally negligent homicide conviction from her record after... More »

Secret Emails May Not Bode Well for GM

Auto-maker ordered 500K ignition switches but kept it private

(Newser) - Newly revealed emails show that GM ordered half a million replacement switches nearly two months before alerting authorities to the problem—which would balloon into an auto-safety crisis linked to 30 fatalities and involving 2.5 million recalled cars, the Wall Street Journal reports. The email exchanges, between a GM... More »

Latest GM Recall: 221K Cadillacs, Chevy Impalas

Parking brake arm is at issue

(Newser) - General Motors has issued yet another recall, this time affecting some 221,000 vehicles worldwide. Model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impalas have been recalled over an issue with the electronic parking brake, the Detroit News reports. The cars "may experience poor vehicle acceleration, undesired deceleration, excessive... More »

GM Will Pay 19 Death Claims for Faulty Ignitions

Up from 13, but hundreds more claims still under review

(Newser) - General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims due to the faulty switches in older-model small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt. He says in a... More »

GM: We're Giving $400M to Ignition-Switch Victims

General Motors reveals compensation plan in 2nd-quarter earnings report

(Newser) - Just one day after General Motors recalled another 717,950 vehicles , the New York Times reports that the automaker estimates it will pay out $400 million to victims of its faulty ignition switches. The compensation plan was included in GM’s report of its second-quarter earnings, which dropped 84% from... More »

GM Recalls Another 718K Vehicles

Six separate recalls aren't related to ignition-switch problem

(Newser) - Another day, another 717,950 GM vehicles recalled. This time, none of the six separate recalls have any connection to the company's deadly ignition-switch problem , reports the Detroit News . By contrast, the problems are relatively minor. About 414,000 involve power seat-height adjusters in cars and small SUVs—the... More »

GM Was Mum on Cause of Fatal Crashes: Documents

'NYT:' Automaker may have dodged questions about deadly defect

(Newser) - On the eve of a Senate appearance in which General Motors will be further scrutinized by lawmakers, the New York Times reveals that documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show GM may have been less than forthcoming when asked about the deadly ignition defect. So-called "death inquiries"... More »

Man Bends Car Door in Half to Save Driver

Robert Renning saw car on fire behind him, went into action

(Newser) - A Minnesota man demonstrated superhuman strength at exactly the right time Sunday. Air National Guardsman Robert Renning, 52, was driving along the interstate around New Brighton when he saw flames underneath an SUV about six car-lengths behind him, reports Twin Cities Pioneer Press . He slowed to get driver Michael Johannes'... More »

GM to 'Rip Up' Settlements With Ignition Victims

And replace them with open-ended program

(Newser) - General Motors plans to "rip up" its existing settlements related to its ignition switch scandal, and replace them with an open-ended program that will dole out checks worth anywhere from $20,000 to several million dollars, Kenneth Feinberg tells the Wall Street Journal today. Feinberg (who you might remember... More »

GM Issues 3 More Recalls

New ones affect 474K vehicles

(Newser) - General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems today with three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle. The recalls, part of a top-to-bottom safety review, bring the company's total for the year to 48, covering more than 20 million cars and trucks. That beats... More »

'Vette Owner Getting Stolen Car Back 33 Years Later

GM is even footing the bill for shipment

(Newser) - Last time George Talley saw his beloved 1979 Corvette, it was parked on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit in the summer of 1981, reports WXYZ . He'd long ago given up hope of ever getting the stolen car back, but then came a call out of the blue from authorities in... More »

GM Recalls 3.4M More Cars for Ignition Problems

Company tells drivers to clear keychains until vehicle is fixed

(Newser) - General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they're carrying too much weight. GM said in a statement today that the switches can rotate out of "... More »

Why GM Won't Count One Teen as a Recall Victim

Says it's not liable for backseat death

(Newser) - As GM's ignition switch recall saga continues to unfold, one Wisconsin family is angry GM did not count its daughter as a victim of a Chevy Cobalt's faulty systems. Natasha Wiegel was killed in a crash that also killed 15-year-old Amy Rademaker, but GM reportedly only considers Rademaker... More »

'Deeply Troubling' GM Probe Finds No Cover-Up, 15 Fired

But no senior executives are among those let go

(Newser) - General Motors is firing 15 people in connection with its deadly ignition switch scandal, but none of the heads rolling are those of senior executives. CEO Mary Barra today unveiled the results of the company's internal probe, and said that it found no evidence of an intentional cover-up of... More »

Woman Learns She Didn't Kill Fiance, GM Defect Did

Candice Anderson pleaded guilty in connection with 2004 crash

(Newser) - On a November 2004 morning in Texas, Candice Anderson was driving her fiance, Mikale Erickson, to pick up his car from a friend's house when her Saturn Ion failed to negotiate a slight curve, went off the road, and hit a tree. The airbags did not deploy and there... More »

What Recalls? GM Sales Hit 6-Year High

Even amid report that 74 more deaths could be to blame on ignition switch

(Newser) - Apparently a record number of recalls and actual driver deaths weren't enough to drive the public away from General Motors. The company posted its best month of sales since 2008 last month, CNNMoney reports. Sales were up 13% compared to the previous year. May was kind to automakers overall,... More »

New Batch of Recalls Puts GM Into Record Numbers

Automaker announces 2.4M more as industry as a whole takes note

(Newser) - Another day, another GM recall. Or more precisely, four recalls. The automaker today announced problems with 2.4 million vehicles that require fixes, reports CNN . The figure brings the number of GM cars recalled this year to a record 13.6 million, reports AP . Today's include 1.4 million... More »

GM Hit With Record (but Tiny) Fine in Ignition Case

Company agrees to pay $35M

(Newser) - The US government is fining General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches . The government also says that GM will report safety issues faster in the future. The fine is the maximum allowed by law and a record at that, the Detroit News reports,... More »

How GM Screwed Up Its Ignition Investigation

Engineer struggled with internal roadblocks, changing management

(Newser) - How did GM mess up so badly in addressing its deadly ignition switch glitch? In part it's due to a snafu over a part number and coworker obstruction, documents released by the House committee investigating the recall reveal. The documents sketch the two-year plight of low-level engineer Brian Stouffer... More »

GM’s Barra: I Don't Know Why It Took Us So Long

But new CEO promises company will find out why recall was delayed

(Newser) - GM's new CEO went to Capitol Hill today to explain why it took her company a decade to respond to a deadly ignition switch problem , but Mary Barra didn't have much light to shed. “I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to... More »

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