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 Monday 4:30pm

Now Is Your Chance To Get A Look At The First Batch Of GM Documents

The federal government ordered General Motors to turn over thousands of documents last month, in the hopes that they'd shed light over what happened in the lead up to its massive ignition switch recall. Here's the first batch, consisting of over 600 pages. » 4/13/14 11:02am 4/13/14 11:02am

US Government Concludes 360,000 Ford F-150s Don't Need A Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been running an investigation on 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickups over acceleration issues with the 3.5 EcoBoost engine since May, but they've decided it can be sorted through standard service updates it doesn't need to be recalled. » 4/11/14 4:05pm 4/11/14 4:05pm

GM Now Thinks Recall Will Cost At Least $1.3 Billion

The cost of the vast GM ignition switch recall got much bigger today as the company said it now expects to take a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter of 2014, up from the $750 million it previously reported. » 4/10/14 2:21pm 4/10/14 2:21pm

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

What To Do If Your Car Is Recalled: An Explainer

Following General Motors' recall of over 5,000,000 cars last month, and Toyota's recall today of over 6,000,000 more vehicles, you might just want to assume that if you are within, say, 25 miles of car at any point, something is going to get recalled. Here's what happens next. » 4/09/14 3:20pm 4/09/14 3:20pm

NHTSA To GM: All Your Excuses Are Bullshit

In the ongoing recall investigation, GM has been ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay a $28,000 fine over the timeliness of addressing the ignition switch defect in more than 1 million cars. » 4/08/14 5:32pm 4/08/14 5:32pm

Did GM Plan To Reduce Number Of Part Changes Lead To Cobalt Mess?

Back in the days of Old GM, head of Cobalt/Delta platform cars Lori Queen started a program called "Big 4," designed to cut down on parts changes from suppliers. Was a desire to meet the goals of this program the reason why a replacement for a defective part was given the same part number, leading to GM's current… » 4/08/14 10:20am 4/08/14 10:20am

Almost 400,000 Ford Escape SUVs Recalled Over Rust

Remember the fun-sized first generation Ford Escape? If you're still riding around in one you might want to give it a once-over, Ford just just issued a recall for some 385,760 2001 to 2004 Escapes over a "rust issue" that could cause components of the SUV to come apart and "affect the ability to steer." » 4/07/14 6:59pm 4/07/14 6:59pm

Watch Saturday Night Live Perfectly Tear Into GM CEO's Testimony

If there's one thing we learned from GM CEO Mary Barra's Congressional testimony this week over her company's recall malfeasance over the past decade, it's that GM Is Still Investigating. And that's about it. Saturday Night Live was spot-on about that last night in its cold opening. » 4/06/14 12:03pm 4/06/14 12:03pm

The Ivey Memo: The Original Cold Document That Made GM Squirm

GM CEO Mary Barra faced hostile questions from members of Congress this week, wanting to find a smoking gun into their current recall fiasco. But while no smoking gun exists for the company's current troubles, one definitely did exist for another problem, more than 40 years ago. And it was cold, cruel, and heartless. » 4/05/14 1:15pm 4/05/14 1:15pm

Mazda Issues Recall Because It Finds More Spiders In Fuel Tanks

Mazda has a spider problem and it has nothing to do with which Fiat brand will get a version of the new Miata. This concerns the previous generation Mazda 6 and the spiders that may still be living in its fuel tank, in a repeat of one of the rare humorous recalls. » 4/04/14 2:40pm 4/04/14 2:40pm