GM Death Fund Won't Cover All GM Ignition Switch Deaths

To date, General Motors’ outside fund has approved 119 death claims and 243 injury claims related to the defective ignition switch that sparked last year’s recall crisis. The fund is set to wrap up soon. Before it does, critics — including some family members of those killed — are wondering why the fund is covering… » 7/01/15 4:40pm Wednesday 4:40pm

Scathing Audit Reveals NHTSA Is A Five-Star Government Clusterfuck

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is supposed to be the government agency that protects us on the road. That stops us from getting into vehicular death traps. That saves our loved ones and ourselves from horrific ends. But it has failed, and the new government audit of its work is both damning and… » 6/22/15 3:39pm 6/22/15 3:39pm

Takata To Recall 34 Million U.S. Cars In Largest Product Recall Ever

Takata, the beleaguered Japanese auto parts supplier currently under fire for deaths and injuries related to explosive airbags, has agreed to a recall of 33.8 million U.S. cars with those airbags for what is believed to be the largest single consumer product recall in American history, according to news reports. » 5/19/15 2:28pm 5/19/15 2:28pm

Feds To Shame Fiat-Chrysler In Rare Public Hearing Into Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is none-to-pleased about Fiat Chrysler’s handling of some 20 recalls affecting over 10 million vehicles, and it’s holding a public hearing on July 2 to aid in the investigation of how the automaker has handled the recalls. In short, NHTSA is pissed and now it’s taking… » 5/18/15 2:20pm 5/18/15 2:20pm

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84 People

While 2015 has been generally less full of recall crises than last year, the fallout from the General Motors ignition switch fiasco continues unabated. Today, the fund tasked with overseeing compensation to victims of the switch and their families approved another four death claims, bringing the official death total… » 4/13/15 4:46pm 4/13/15 4:46pm

Fiat Chrysler Out $150 Million Over Boy's Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Death

Declaring that Chrysler acted with “reckless or wanton disregard for human life in the design or sale” of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its fire-prone fuel tank, a Georgia jury on Thursday ordered the automaker to pay $150 million to the family of a 4-year old boy who burned to death in after a crash in 2012. » 4/03/15 4:48pm 4/03/15 4:48pm

Lawyers Allege GM 'Cover-Up' Of Deadly Ignition Switch Fiasco

At the height of General Motors' ignition switch fiasco last year, the company commissioned former U.S. Attorney Anton R. Valukas to review what happened. His 325-page report may have been brutal, but now lawyers suing GM say they've found new documents that contradict that report and prove the existence of a… » 3/17/15 2:31pm 3/17/15 2:31pm