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Are Americans Ready to Buy a Car Made in China?

GM may import the Buick Envision next year

(Newser) - Will US consumers buy a car made in China? General Motors may be about to find out as the company mulls importing its Buick Envision from China, where more than 57,000 of the "compact crossovers" were sold in the first half of this year, Automotive News reports. A... More »

Workers Who Hid GM Issue Might Get Off Scot-Free

Prosecutors must prove specific criminal intent, according to law

(Newser) - Prosecutors are moving forward with a criminal case against General Motors over its faulty ignition switches , but many GM employees who helped hide the issue for a decade are probably in the clear, reports the New York Times . Those familiar with the investigation say loopholes in laws relating to and... More »

GM Recalls SUVs Over Issue First Reported in 2010

Rear lift gates can fail suddenly, have caused 56 injuries

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 crossover SUVs mainly in North America because the rear power lift gates can suddenly fall and hit people. The company said today that it has 56 reports of injuries caused by the problem. The recall covers the Buick Enclave from 2008 to 2012;... More »

What the Justice Department Might Do to GM

Federal prosecutors are close to bringing a criminal case, reports the WSJ

(Newser) - Two weeks ago brought the news of an unwanted milestone for GM: 100 deaths (and counting) linked to its faulty ignition-switch system . Now, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting on the very likely possibility of criminal charges being filed against the company in connection with the... More »

Within GM Plant, an Old Jewish Cemetery

Detroit's Beth Olem is open to visitors about twice a year

(Newser) - Beth Olem Cemetery, around since the 1860s, is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes, and styles, encircled by a brick wall and iron gate. Yet surrounding it is an unusual neighbor: General Motors' Detroit Hamtramck Plant. Visitors who drive about a mile around... More »

GM's Ignition Switch Death Toll Hits Grim Milestone

Compensation fund is making payouts to 100, and counting

(Newser) - Only last year, GM insisted it could find only 13 deaths linked to its faulty ignition-switch system . Yesterday, the independent attorney overseeing GM's compensation fund on the issue reported an unwanted milestone—100 deaths and counting, reports CNNMoney . "And as the number of victims mounts, the ignition-switch crisis... More »

Judge: 'New GM' Not Liable for Death, Injury Claims

Bankruptcy shields it from pre-2009 ignition switch claims

(Newser) - A 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars, a federal judge ruled yesterday. But Judge Robert Gerber—who handled GM's government-funded bankruptcy case six years ago—also ruled that plaintiffs who claim... More »

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 »

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