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Arizona Sues GM For $3B, Claiming Auto Maker Defrauded Consumers

So far this year General Motors has been party to a slew of lawsuits related to its massive ignition switch recall involving millions of vehicles with the potentially deadly defect. The latest case against GM was filed Wednesday by the State of Arizona, which alleges that the carmaker defrauded consumers out of an estimated $3 billion by knowingly selling defective vehicles. [More]

(Louis Abate)

GM Extends Claim Submission Deadline To January 31 For Ignition Switch Victims

With the deadline for submitting ignition switch related injuries and deaths for consideration under the General Motors’ Victim Compensation Plan a little more than a month away and thousands of consumers still waiting to be notified, officials with the car company have extended the deadline to January 31. [More]

GM Knew 2003 Death Was Tied To Ignition Problem, Didn’t Tell Family

GM Knew 2003 Death Was Tied To Ignition Problem, Didn’t Tell Family

Back in 2003, a woman died in a car crash after the airbag in her Saturn Ion failed to deploy. In 2004, GM denied an insurance claim related to the incident. That was the last the woman’s family would hear from the carmaker for 10 years, even though its own lawyers had included her in the 13 deaths it initially acknowledged were tied to a faulty ignition switch. [More]

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Two Death, Four Injury Claims Approved By GM Last Week

The number of deaths and injuries linked to defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles continued to tick upward last week, with two death claims and four injury claims being approved by the company’s victim compensation plan. [More]

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Documents Show GM Ordered New Ignition Switches Before Recall

General Motors’ massive ignition switch defect saga continues to look increasingly bad for the carmaker as new court documents show the company ordered a half-million new ignition switches, valued at $2.8 million, months before it notified federal regulators that an issue existed. [More]

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General Motors Continues To Claim It Shouldn’t Be Liable For Ignition Switch Lawsuits

General Motors made it clear several months ago that it would use its 2009 bankruptcy to shield itself from liability in lawsuits regarding the now massive ignition switch defect recall. Yesterday the carmaker reiterated its stance that it can’t be held responsible for the bad behavior of the “Old GM.” [More]

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GM Using $25 Gift Cards As Incentive For Consumers To Get Their Recalled Vehicles Fixed

General Motors’ social media campaign to coax consumers to fix their recalled vehicles doesn’t appear to be getting the job done. With just about half of the 2.4 million vehicles recalled for an ignition switch defect having been fixed, the car manufacturer has turned to dangling money in front of consumers to get the potentially dangerous cars off the road. [More]

“Technology & Stuff” Chevy Rep Gives Recently Recalled Truck To World Series MVP

“Technology & Stuff” Chevy Rep Gives Recently Recalled Truck To World Series MVP

Forget Madison Bumgarner’s historic heroics in last night’s Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, the true Most Valuable Player of this postseason is Rikk Wilde, a regional Chevy executive who was thrust into the spotlight after Wednesday’s game and unwittingly turned himself into an Internet icon, while also handing out a recently recalled truck. [More]

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GM Ignition Switch Death Claims Inch Higher Again; 29 Deaths Now Tied To Decade-Old Defect

Slowly but surely the General Motors victim compensation plan continues to add new death claims linked to defective ignition switches. This week, as with several previous weeks, the total number of innocent lives lost as a result of the defect increased by two, bringing the new total to 29. [More]

(Louis Abate)

Deaths Tied To Defective Ignition Switch Now Double GM’s Earliest Reports

Just two months after the General Motors victim compensation plan began accepting death claims related to the decades-long ignition switch defect the toll has doubled what the car manufacturers initially acknowledged publicly. [More]

A Brief History Of Car Colors — And Why Are We So Boring Now?

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You don’t know their names, but you see them everywhere: countless shades of reds, greens, blues, grays, tans, taupes, whites, off-whites, charcoals, blacks, gold and silver. Really what you’re seeing is Vanilla Shake, Tahitian Pearl and Torched Penny. Cars are everywhere, and so are the colors they’re cruising around in, their own distinctive skins. Paint is one of the most important design aspects parts of a car — the right paint job can mean the difference between luxury and sport utility, can turn Grandpa’s jalopy into a teen dream machine, and forever change a car from a vehicle you use to get around to a statement on free love and drugs. [More]

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GM Looks For Creative Ways To Cajole Owners To Repair Defective Ignition Switches

Consumers don’t appear to be flocking to their local General Motors dealer to fix vehicles that may have a deadly ignition switch defect. With fewer than half of the two million cars involved in the recall fixed, officials with the car manufacturer are trying to reach affected owners anyway they can – including going to their homes. [More]

General Motors Issues Bonus Recall Of 57,182 Vehicles

General Motors Issues Bonus Recall Of 57,182 Vehicles

On Friday, General Motors recalled 524,000 vehicles due to defects that could cause crashes if they manifested themselves while you’re driving on the highway. The GM recall-announcing team pulled a weekend shift and announced an additional recall of more than 57,000 vehicles. Models included in this recall are the Pontiac G8, Chevrolet Caprice police cruisers, Cadillac CTS-Vs, and Chevrolet Sonics. [More]

GM Recalls Yet Another Half-Million Cars Over Increased Crash Risks

GM Recalls Yet Another Half-Million Cars Over Increased Crash Risks

It’s the track on infinite repeat this year, it seems: General Motors has issued a recall of 524,000 vehicles for safety reasons. The two separate recall actions have nothing to do with ignition switches, at least, but both — on Cadillac and Saab SUVs and Chevy Spark cars — are hazards that increase the risk of a dangerous crash. [More]

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GM Ignition Recall Death Toll Increases Again, 23 Deaths Now Linked To Defective Switches

It may take months or even years before we realize the full scope of devastation caused by the defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles. But each week the picture becomes a bit clearer. This week, the overseer of the independent compensation fund announced that two more deaths were the direct result of the defect that went ignored for more than a decade. [More]

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Watchdog Says Treasury Dept. Once Again Overpaid GM Execs

Under the guidelines for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which invested billions of taxpayer dollars in bailing out the nation’s banks and carmakers, executive pay is supposed to kept to reasonable levels. In the case of General Motors, it pledged to cap salaries at $500,000; not bad for a company that allowed nearly two dozen people to die rather than fix an ignition switch. But the TARP watchdog says that once again the Treasury Dept. has allowed GM to pay execs more than it agreed to. [More]

(Louis Abate)

21 Deaths Now Tied To GM Ignition Defect

The number of deaths tied to defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles continues to increase. A week after the overseer of the independent compensation fund revealed that the death toll had swollen to 19 from the original 13 that GM had previously admitted, comes news of additional fatalities linked to the defect that went ignored for more than a decade. [More]

GM Recalls 220,000 Cadillacs And Impalas Over Potential Brake Fires

GM Recalls 220,000 Cadillacs And Impalas Over Potential Brake Fires

Less than two weeks ago General Motor’s CEO Mary Barra said the company was kinda, sorta, almost done with all those recalls. Good thing she wasn’t definitive, because the car manufacturer recalled more than 220,000 vehicles this weekend for potential fire risks. [More]