For General Motors, 2014 has been good and bad in equal measure. They've seen record sales numbers and have the strongest product lineup in decades. But they've also been dogged by recalls, hearings, and the ever-increasing toll of people injured or killed by the defective ignition switch in millions of cars.
In announcing the findings of an internal investigation about the ignition switch defect that affected 2.6 million cars, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the company did not conspire to cover up the problem. Instead, the investigation reveals an organization mired in bureaucracy and unable to take responsibility for…
Not surprising: Chevrolet Cobalt owners traded in their cars in huge numbers in March, April and May in light of the ignition switch recall affecting 2.6 million cars. Maybe a little more surprising: nearly half of them bought new General Motors cars instead.
As General Motors continues to slog through the Summer of Recalls, federal regulators say they believe it's likely more than just 13 people died in crashes tied to the ignition switch defect. Here's one example of why that might be the case.
The New York Times this afternoon is reporting that General Motors has begun talks to settle more than 300 claims of deaths and injuries related to the ignition switch recall, and may in fact be planning to compensate victims of the crashes tied to the issue.
Honestly, I can't even remember the last newer-ish car I drove that had an actual key instead of a fob and a push-button start. And in light of the General Motors ignition switch recall, the end of car keys may come sooner than we expected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New York Times has a report that claims 303 people have died in crashes in Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions when airbags didn't deploy.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.