GM Asks Dealers To Stop Selling Chevy Cruze, Won’t Say Why

GM Asks Dealers To Stop Selling Chevy Cruze, Won’t Say Why

In the midst of a recall scandal involving ignition problems that have resulted in the deaths of at least a dozen people, General Motors has another publicity mess on its hand. The carmaker has told its dealers to stop selling certain Chevy Cruze models but isn’t publicly stating a reason for the halt. [More]

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GM Knew Chevy Cobalt Ignition Could Turn Itself Off, Released Car Anyway

If you’re a carmaker and you find out the vehicle you’re about to release had an ignition-switch issue that could not only stop the car’s engine but render the power steering, air bags, and power brakes useless, you probably wouldn’t release that car. It’s a shame you weren’t a General Motors executive 10 years ago. [More]

Senator Asks Justice Department To Hold GM Responsible For Ignition Fire Lawsuits

Senator Asks Justice Department To Hold GM Responsible For Ignition Fire Lawsuits

Earlier this year, GM issued a massive recall of nearly 1.4 million vehicles due to problems with the ignition switch. GM apparently knew about those problems — which have caused several fatalities — for up to thirteen years before issuing the recall, and reportedly also ignored piles of consumer complaints in that timeframe. Consumers’ entirely predictable lawsuits against GM have already begun, but those lawsuits are facing a big potential snag. [More]

Comcast, Abercrombie, Chase Victorious In First Day Of Worst Company Competition!

Comcast, Abercrombie, Chase Victorious In First Day Of Worst Company Competition!

The 2014 Worst Company In America competition got off to a big start today with readers turning out in droves to vote on the tournament’s first three match-ups that saw a former Golden Poo champ flexing its muscle, a tournament mainstay making its case for the WCIA title, and the year’s first upset. [More]

GM Announces Three Additional Recalls Affecting 1.5 Million Vehicles

GM Announces Three Additional Recalls Affecting 1.5 Million Vehicles

General Motors Co announced three new recalls affecting 1.5 million vehicles for airbag deployment and other issues. The announcement comes on the same day it was revealed that the company faces its first class action lawsuit tied to February’s massive recall of vehicles for ignition problems. The company will also take a $300 million charge against earnings to pay for repairs as part of an initiative to be more responsive to problems with its vehicles. [More]

A 2005 Chevy Cobalt, one of the many recalled GM vehicles.

First Class-Action Suit Filed Over Botched GM Recall Tied To At Least 12 Deaths

When a carmaker recalls more than a million vehicles over an ignition problem that could cause a car to stall and crash without the airbags deploying, a lawsuit is likely. Throw in the fact that the car company knew about the defect for a dozen years, received numerous complaints from customers and dealerships, and is tied to anywhere from 12 to more than 300 deaths, and you have the beginnings of a lawsuit bonanza. [More]

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]

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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]

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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]

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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]