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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 »

GM Recalls 1.5M More Cars for Steering Defect

Several Chevrolet models are getting recalled

(Newser) - General Motors said today it is recalling another 1.5 million vehicles worldwide because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer. The new recall brings to 6.3 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February. The initial recall—now at 2.... More »

Feds Ignored Warnings on Deadly GM Glitch

And GM declined to fix it because it would be too expensive

(Newser) - Federal regulators twice ignored complaints about the Chevy Cobalt defect that has killed hundreds of people , congressional investigators alleged yesterday, and General Motors not only knew about the flaw , but nixed several fixes because they'd be too expensive, the Wall Street Journal reports. A breakdown of each allegation:
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GM Recalls 971K More Vehicles Over Ignition

Expanded recall over faulty switch applies to 2008-11 models of six cars

(Newser) - General Motors is boosting by 971,000 the number of small cars being recalled worldwide for a defective ignition switch , saying cars from the model years 2008-2011 may have gotten the part as a replacement. The company previously announced the recall of 1.6 million cars, only through the 2007... More »

GM Halts Sales of Some Cruzes, Won't Say Why

'This is something we don't see every day,' dealer says

(Newser) - General Motors might have yet another problem on its hands. The automaker has ordered its dealers to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Chevy Cruzes with 1.4-liter turbo engines, without giving any hint as to why, the Wall Street Journal reports. GM confirmed the move for Reuters today, noting that... More »

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