Center for Auto Safety research claims that 303 people have died while sitting in the front seat of Saturn Ion or Chevy Cobalt vehicles in which the airbags failed to deploy.

Review Claims GM Defect May Be Tied To Up To 303 Deaths

While data provided by General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration links at least 12 deaths to an ignition switch defect in Chevy Cobalts, Pontiac G5s, Saturn Ions and other vehicles, an independent review claims that the actual number of fatalities tied to this defect could be as much as 25 times that number. [More]

The detent plunger in the ignition switch is believed to be the source of the defect.

GM Knew Of Faulty Ignition Switches In 2001; NHTSA Says “Data Was Inconclusive”

The number of questions about General Motors’ recent recall of more than 1 million vehicles with potentially defective ignition switches continues to grow with the recent revelation that the automaker first learned of problems with the part more than a dozen years before issuing the recall that is now tied to at least a dozen deaths. [More]

GM Offers Owners Of Recalled Vehicles $500 Off Of New GM Purchase

GM Offers Owners Of Recalled Vehicles $500 Off Of New GM Purchase

Some owners of cars involved in the recent mass recall of GM vehicles with faulty ignition switches will no doubt remain loyal to the car company when it comes time to purchase their next vehicles. But others are no doubt considering looking elsewhere, especially as it becomes more apparent that GM took great lengths to avoid this recall for seven or eight years. In an effort to placate the former group and hold on to the latter, GM is offering $500 credit toward the purchase of a new GM vehicle. [More]

GM Received Dozens Of Customer Warnings About Faulty Ignition Switches

GM Received Dozens Of Customer Warnings About Faulty Ignition Switches

Things are going from bad to worse for General Motors. First, it recalled nearly 800,000 vehicles because the ignition switches could turn off for no reason. Then it was revealed that the company was alerted to this problem by a NHTSA investigator back in 2007, and then the recall was expanded to 1.37 million cars, with GM saying that the defect may be tied to 13 deaths. New revelations show that GM had received dozens of complaints from vehicle owners about the faulty ignition switches, but still chose to not issue a recall until 2014. [More]

Citing 13 Fatalities, GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall To 1.37 Million Vehicles

Citing 13 Fatalities, GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall To 1.37 Million Vehicles

When General Motors announced its recall of hundreds of thousands of Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles for concerns about the ignition switch, it said the defect was tied to as many as six fatalities. Now the car company says the recall is significantly larger than originally believed and that a total of 13 people may have died as a result of the defect. [More]

Could GM’s Potentially Fatal Ignition Issue Have Been Fixed Seven Years Ago?

Could GM’s Potentially Fatal Ignition Issue Have Been Fixed Seven Years Ago?

General Motors recently recalled nearly 800,000 vehicles over concerns about possible ignition switch failures; a defect that may have resulted in multiple deaths. But a recently discovered report shows that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was informed about the possibility of a problem back in 2007. [More]

GM Recalls 778K Vehicles After Fatalities Caused By Ignition Switching Off For No Reason

GM Recalls 778K Vehicles After Fatalities Caused By Ignition Switching Off For No Reason

No one wants their car to switch off while driving down the highway. That’s why General Motors announced Thursday that it’s recalling nearly 778,000 compact cars. [More]

This Corvette was not involved, so far as we know. (Tjololo Photo)

Sinkhole Under The National Corvette Museum Swallows 8 Cars That Probably Weren’t Cheap

If you’re a car enthusiast planning a trip to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. in the near future, you might want to consider postponing your visit. Unless of course, sinkholes underneath car museums are of particular interest to you. [More]

(Jeff Dailey)

Fish, Chocolate Included In Price-Fixing Crackdown Of $4.2 Billion Last Year

Ever heard of price-fixing chocolate? How about fish or rubber shoes? Those are just a few of the price-fixing schemes found by competition authorities in a record-breaking year of anti-trust abuse. [More]

(cavale)

GM & Ford Decide To Be Best Pals In Order To Build New Transmissions Together

Rivalries between car companies run deep, especially when they’re sharing the same American turf. So it’s somewhat surprising, if not sensible, that General Motors and Ford are coming together in order build the best fuel-efficient automatic transmission out there. At least, that’s the goal. [More]

SIGTARP was not terribly thrilled with the Treasury's handling of executive pay at AIG, GM, or Ally.

Report Rips Treasury Dept. For Giving Out Raises To Execs At Bailed-Out Companies

Today, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program released her report on 2012 compensation for executives at institutions that received TARP bail-out money, and well… the title — Treasury Continues Approving Excessive Pay for Top Executives at Bailed-Out Companies — is about as on-the-nose as it gets. [More]

(frankieleon)

GM Recalling 145,628 Mid-Sized Pickups As Hood Latch Issue Could Cause Pop-Up Surprise

This week seems to be all about vehicle defects that could cause quite a nasty surprise on the road. Yesterday we heard about sunroofs shattering on Hyundai Velosters, and today General Motors announced it’s recalling 145,628 mid-sized pickups because the hood should not pop up unexpectedly while you’re driving. [More]

(blue387)

Ford Continues To Sink Toward Bottom Of Consumer Reports’ Reliability Ratings

In 2010, Ford was among the top 10 auto brands in Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Reliability Survey, with more than 90% of its models rated average or better by CR readers. But in the two years since, the shine has gone off the Ford brand, and in the newly released survey, it now comes in next to last place. [More]

Are we being recorded?

Camaro Owner Claims He Recorded Mechanics Joy Riding In His Car Then Blaming Him For Damage

A Camaro owner in South Carolina say he had previously had questionable experiences with getting his car repaired at the local Chevy dealership, so when he took the car in to have its grinding gears checked out, he left an audio recorder in the door pocket. What he claims to have recorded has the Internet up in arms. [More]

(frankieleon)

Honda & GM Both Recalling Vehicles As No One Wants To Have Their Car Catch Fire

It’s one of those days where car recalls are abounding and it seems that fuel leaks are to blame in both cases: General Motors has issued a recall of almost 41,000 vehicles from the 2007 to 2009 model years after discovering a possible problem with cars sold in warm weather states. And then Honda blows that recall out of the water by issuing an alert for 573,000 Accords from model years between 2003 and 2007. [More]

U.S. Car Makers Post Double-Digit Sales Increases

U.S. Car Makers Post Double-Digit Sales Increases

Need some decent news to brighten up your dreary day? This may not do it, but it’s worth a shot: Chrysler, GM and Ford have released their August sales numbers and each of the automakers saw substantial year-over-year sales increases during the last month of summer vacation. [More]

Chevrolet Hopes No-Haggle Pricing & 60-Day Return Policy Will Lure Car Buyers

Chevrolet Hopes No-Haggle Pricing & 60-Day Return Policy Will Lure Car Buyers

General Motors knows July and August will be important months for Chevrolet, as it’s the time when many vehicles make the switch from 2012 models to 2013 models. That’s why the company is rolling out two new plans to try and bring customers to its dealerships, including a no-haggle pricing plan and a 60-day return policy on certain vehicles. [More]

Saab Hopes To Emerge From Its Own Ashes As Electric Vehicle Brand

Saab Hopes To Emerge From Its Own Ashes As Electric Vehicle Brand

Once a coveted luxury car brand, Saab has been the hot potato of the automotive world. Today, it was announced that the bankrupt car maker would change hands for the third time in 12 years, this time to a group of Chinese and Japanese investors who intend on using the Saab brand to sell electric vehicles. [More]