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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 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 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 »

Why Big Auto Recalls Will Keep Happening

Analyst: For one thing, cars keep getting more complicated

(Newser) - Seems like there's a giant new auto recall every week, and Derek Mead at Motherboard advises that we all better get used to it. He runs through a slew of factors on why recalls are becoming the new normal in the auto industry, including:
  • Complex cars: Autos keep getting
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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 Knew of Safety Flaw, Released Cobalt Anyway

Exec acknowledges 'business decision'

(Newser) - The 2005 Cobalt's ignition-switch issues—which, according to one watchdog , contributed to hundreds of deaths—apparently came as no surprise to General Motors. The company released the cars despite its awareness of the problem, the Wall Street Journal reports, with engineers rationalizing that even if the car stalled, drivers... More »

303 Deaths Linked to Delayed GM Recall

Watchdog's number far greater than the 13 deaths earlier reported

(Newser) - General Motors' slow response to an ignition switch problem in two now-recalled models may be linked to hundreds more deaths than earlier believed, according to the Center for Auto Safety watchdog group. The group says 303 people died in the Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions between 2003 and 2012 when... More »

GM Recalls 47K Cadillac SRXs Over Faulty Air Bags

Passengers in the rear might be at risk

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling more than 47,000 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles in the US because of a problem with the passenger side air bags. The vehicle’s right-side head protection air bag won't inflate in a crash if no one is in the front seat, said the National... More »

GM Recalls 1.5 Million Cars After Reports of Fire

At least 5 vehicles caught fire thanks to washer fluid

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling 1.5 million vehicles in the wake of reports that at least five have caught on fire thanks to a problem with their heated windshield washer system. The recall covers vehicles made from 2006 to 2009 across a host of lines, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and... More »

GM Recalling 1.3M Compacts for Power-Steering Fix

Steering failures affect Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling 1.3 million compact vehicles sold in the US, Canada, and Mexico, to correct a power steering problem. The automaker says the problem, which affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s, causes occasional power steering failures. GM says the cars are... More »

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