Here Are All The Damning Revelations From GM's Recall Documents

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee tasked with investigating the timeline of the General Motors ignition switch recall released more than 600 pages of documents related to the issue. Jalopnik's review of these documents reveal deeply entrenched problems at the automaker. » 4/14/14 4:30pm 4/14/14 4:30pm

Two GM Engineers Put On Paid Leave Because Of Ignition Switch Recall

Last week GM CEO Mary Barra admitted that nobody at GM had been fired over the simply massive ignition switch recall. But now GM has announced that two engineers have been placed on paid leave and that it was a "difficult decision." And it appears one of them is the Cobalt and Cruze's engineering manager. » 4/10/14 9:45am 4/10/14 9:45am

GM's Safe, New Switches Have Same Part Number As Old, Dangerous Ones

Oh, General Motors. Your decisions a decade ago just keep biting you in the ass today, don't they? As The General recalls 1.4 million U.S. cars for a faulty ignition switch tied to 12 deaths, complications may arise because the correct part has the same number as the defective one. » 3/26/14 6:30pm 3/26/14 6:30pm

GM Engineers: Just Coast Your Cobalt Off The Road If It Shuts Down

Rather than engineer the car correctly in the first place, or issue a recall at several points when the problem was known, General Motors engineers had this solution for Chevrolet Cobalt shutdowns: Just coast it safely off the road! Brilliant. » 3/25/14 5:40pm 3/25/14 5:40pm

Why Wasn't The Saturn Ion Recalled In 2010 For Steering Issues?

The Saturn Ion is already one of the cars included in the 1.4 million U.S. cars recalled over a faulty ignition switch that can lead to unexpected shutdowns. Now, federal safety regulators are also investigating why it wasn't recalled four years ago for steering issues. » 3/21/14 12:40pm 3/21/14 12:40pm

People Keep Buying GM's Recalled Cars Because They're Super Cheap

You might think that in light of a 1.4 million vehicle recall for an ignition switch problem cited in 12 deaths, people would stop buying used Chevy Cobalts, HHRs and the other recalled models. Nope! Americans gotta have their cheap used cars. » 3/19/14 10:40am 3/19/14 10:40am

GM Doesn't Have The Parts To Fix All The Recalled Cars Yet

If you're an owner of one of the 1.4 million General Motors cars recalled over a faulty ignition switch blamed for airbag failures and cited in a dozen deaths, then you'll have to wait until April for a fix. » 3/17/14 10:00am 3/17/14 10:00am

Court Docs: A Chevy Cobalt Can Shut Down Without Heavy Keys

Recalls, potential fines, and now a criminal investigation: These are all the tribulations General Motors now faces thanks to a faulty ignition switch cited in 12 fatal crashes. But is it really all just because drivers had too much stuff on their key rings? Court documents reviewed by Jalopnik show a more complex… » 3/13/14 4:45pm 3/13/14 4:45pm

GM May Have Known In 2001 About Its Ignition Switch Problem

There is new evidence to suggest GM has known about a problem with the ignition switches that are now the subject of a major recall, linked to more than a dozen deaths and the subject of a federal criminal investigation, for 13 years. » 3/12/14 8:06pm 3/12/14 8:06pm

GM Will Give $500 Towards New GM Car For Anyone Scared Of Their Cobalt

Amid the ongoing investigation into the ignition switch defect affecting more than 1 million GM cars, the company says it's not going buy back the cars in question from worried or angry customers. They will, however, offer a rebate towards one of their new, un-recalled models. » 3/12/14 12:47pm 3/12/14 12:47pm

U.S. Attorney's Office Begins Criminal Investigation Of GM Over Recall

Potential very bad news for General Motors this afternoon: In addition to being called before Congress, the company will now be the subject of a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office. » 3/11/14 3:58pm 3/11/14 3:58pm

Congress Calls GM To The Carpet Over Chevy Cobalt Recall

General Motors is already facing a potential $35 million fine over the timing of the recall of 1.4 million Cobalts and other cars from the federal agency that regulates them. Now Congress is getting in on the action too. » 3/11/14 12:00pm 3/11/14 12:00pm

GM CEO Learned Of 10-Year Problem Tied To 13 Deaths 'A Few Weeks Ago'

Addressing the 1.4 million vehicle recall for a problem cited in 13 deaths will likely be the first big test for new General Motors CEO Mary Barra. And in a letter to employees today, she made clear that she's been on it — ever since she learned of the problem a few weeks ago. Who sees the problem here? » 3/04/14 7:00pm 3/04/14 7:00pm

Your Guide To The Problem GM Didn't Fix Until 13 People Died

The shadow of old General Motors looms large over the post-bailout company this week as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration begins an investigation into the timing of the recall of some 1.4 million GM cars in the U.S. and Canada following crashes that killed 13 people. » 2/27/14 10:00am 2/27/14 10:00am

Feds To Investigate GM's Recall Timing After 13 Deaths Reported

Last week it came out that a top General Motors engineer knew about a dangerous ignition system problem with the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 a decade before a recall notice was issued, and after six fatalities were linked to the issue. Now the government is be investigating why that took so long. » 2/26/14 7:00pm 2/26/14 7:00pm