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GM lawyers under federal criminal investigation for allegedly concealing ignition switch evidence

Federal prosecutors are investigating General Motors’ legal department for possible criminal liability in the way it handled the company’s deadly ignition switch problem, the Wall Street Journal reported. U.S. officials investigating the matter seek to determine whether lawyers working for GM, both internally and externally, concealed knowledge and evidence of the ignition switch defects from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators, which in turn could have effectively precluded a safety recall for several years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the investigation was triggered by an internal GM report in June that blamed its legal counsel for failing to ... Read More

GM’s new ignition switch website offers recall info by model and year

“There is a risk, under certain conditions, that your ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine,” GM’s newly refurbished ignition switch recall website informs drivers who need to look up information about GM ignition switch defects. The website allows consumers to find specific General Motors (GM) recall information online by clicking on a list of vehicle models and years. Users are then directed to safety information that describes the ignition switch problem. The website also warns drivers that the risk of an ignition-related problem “increases ... Read More

NHTSA chronically slow responding to auto safety petitions, AP analysis finds

Federal auto safety regulators routinely fail to address consumer safety concerns in a timely manner, an Associated Press (AP) analysis found, underscoring a problem that may contribute to dangerous vehicles remaining on the road and more people being injured and killed needlessly. The AP reported that since 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 15 petitions filed by consumers and safety advocates who wanted the federal regulators to investigate potential safety problems in some vehicles. Of those petitions, NHTSA missed the four-month deadline that the law requires it to meet in granting or denying the request 12 times. ... Read More

GM unable to locate nearly 140,000 owners of vehicles with ignition switch flaw

If you own a General Motors (GM) vehicle that is subject to the company’s ignition switch recall and haven’t yet received a recall notice in the mail, you could be one of several thousand the automaker has failed to reach. In its quarterly filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) July 25, GM said that about 6.4 percent of the 2.2 million recall notices it mailed to owners were returned as undeliverable. That’s about 140,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Saturn, and other model cars, trucks and SUVs. GM has said several times that it is aiming for a 100-percent ... Read More

GM recall website gave some consumers wrong info, NHTSA warns

Owners of General Motors (GM) cars and trucks who recently used the automaker’s VIN-entry website to check whether their vehicle is subject to a safety recall are urged to check again or call the company because the website was giving out wrong information to some users. Federal investigators probing GM’s response to a potentially deadly flaw in the ignition switches of nearly 3 million vehicles said Friday that GM’s website, designed to help consumers through the recall process, isn’t working properly. GM has recalled about 30 million vehicles in North America this year alone, with about 25.5 million of those ... Read More

Attorneys in GM litigation seek access to all of automaker’s ignition-switch-recall disclosures

Lawyers appointed as temporary counsel in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against General Motors (GM) for lost value of its vehicles have told the federal judge overseeing the litigation that the automaker should submit all pre-discovery disclosures and other documents it has already released to federal officials investigating GM’s handling of recalls over ignition switch failures. GM has already released a substantial amount of discovery to government officials, including the House Energy & Commerce Committee, a Senate Commerce subcommittee, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the lawyers argued. Those disclosures have not been released to the public, and attorneys ... Read More

New details arise on NHTSA’s EWR database regarding GM’s fatal ignition switch-related crashes

New details involving 19 fatal crashes stemming from General Motors’ (GM) faulty ignition switch surfaced on Wednesday. Aubrey Williams, a 32-year-old single mother, was one of the many victims mentioned in the data. In December 2013, Williams was killed during a single-vehicle accident in her 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt – now one of the millions of GM vehicles under recall. Steve Smith, Williams’ father, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama state court against GM and Delphi Automotive. Delphi, Smith’s former employer, was responsible for supplying a component of the flawed ignition switches to GM. The new data provided specifics regarding ... Read More

Still no fix in sight for many Cadillacs recalled for defective ignition switches

General Motors (GM) recalled more than half a million Cadillacs spanning a decade of model years in June for problems related to the ignition switch, but engineers have not yet found a way to repair the potentially deadly flaw. The defect affects 554,328 Cadillacs from the 2003 to 2012 model years. Included in that recall are 2003 to 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles (excluding the new-design CTS four-door sedan) and 2004 to 2006 Cadillac SRX crossovers. The affected Cadillacs were among the 7.55 million vehicles GM recalled in the U.S. on June 30. GM has developed a fix for most of ... Read More

GM resisting NHTSA pressure to recall vehicles for potential brake line failure

General Motors (GM) is resisting pressure from federal auto regulators to recall full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from 1999 to 2003 for potential brake failure, the New York Times reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating the potential for brake failure in the affected vehicles since 2010. To date the agency has received about 1,000 complaints from owners. The issue affects nearly 1.8 million vehicles. The latest publicly available figures show that NHTSA received reports of 26 crashes and three injuries related to brake line failure in the affected vehicles. Those numbers, from 2011, linked no ... Read More

Beasley Allen video takes a look inside GM’s defective ignition assembly

By now, nearly everyone in the U.S. has heard of the dangerous and potentially deadly ignition switch defect that has triggered General Motors (GM) to recall more than 11 million cars worldwide. But as familiar as that news is, the actual mechanics of what is happening inside the steering column may not be clear to many. Beasley Allen law firm has produced a new video in which attorney Mike Andrews shows viewers an actual ignition switch assembly taken from a Chevy Cobalt and demonstrates the flaw that GM has linked to 54 crashes and 13 deaths. “GM has hidden a ... Read More