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GM recalling 8.2 million more vehicles for ignition switch error

On the same day it announced a compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch, General Motors (GM) announced more massive recalls Monday afternoon, collectively encompassing an additional 8.2 million U.S. vehicles to repair ignition switch defects and other safety problems. The six new recalls GM announced affect 17 model years stretching back to 1997 up until 2014. In addition to the 7.6 million U.S. vehicles recalled, GM recalled another 800,000 vehicles globally, bringing the total number of cars included in the latest recall to 8.4 million. The automaker said that it blames “inadvertent ignition key rotation” in the ... Read More

GM’s plan for ignition switch victim compensation fund flawed; Beasley Allen lawyers weigh in

General Motors (GM) announced on Monday details of its victims’ compensation fund for those harmed by the automaker’s ignition switch defect. The fund, which will be managed by former BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, will offer at least $1 million to family members of victims who died as a result of the defect, which has led to multiple recalls encompassing about 6 million GM vehicles, including 2.6 million small models and 3.4 million midsize and large cars. GM said the fund is accessible to drivers as well as passengers, pedestrians, and occupants of a second vehicle who were ... Read More

GM blames recall of additional 3 million U.S. vehicles on “made in China” ignition switch flaw

General Motors (GM) said the ignition switches that triggered another recall of millions of vehicles earlier this month were made by a company in China. GM recalled more than 3 million cars in the U.S. June 16 for problems related to the ignition switch, saying that it would replace or rework ignition keys to prevent them from inadvertently slipping out of position while the car is in motion. The GM vehicles affected by the latest recall include the 2005-09 Buick Lacrosse, 2006-11 Buick Lucerne, 2004-05 Buick Regal LS and GS, 2000-05 Cadillac DeVille, 2004-11 Cadillac DTS, 2006-14 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-08 ... Read More

Plaintiffs’ lawyers demand fair compensation terms for victims of GM ignition switch flaw

Lawyers from Beasley Allen and other firms representing plaintiffs harmed in crashes involving defective General Motors (GM) ignition switches say they are happy with the automaker’s plans for a victims’ compensation fund to some extent, but concerns remain about whether the fund would adequately punish GM and compensate some of the victims. GM CEO Mary Barra told a Congressional panel June 18 that the compensation fund would not be capped and that plaintiffs harmed before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy, which diminished much of its liability for pre-bankruptcy crashes, would be covered under the fund. Ms. Barra directed questions about the ... Read More

GM employee warned company of Impala ignition stall in 2005, emails show

A General Motors (GM) employee whose 2006 Chevy Impala suddenly stalled as she drove onto a gravel surface from a paved road warned company officials that GM should issue a “big recall” to fix an ignition switch defect that went unheeded for several more years. According to GM’s internal emails made public on Wednesday, GM employee Laura Andres sent an email to company engineers in 2005 documenting her own experience with a sudden stall. Ms. Andres said in the email that a technician who examined her Impala said the car’s ignition switch may have been at fault. “I think this ... Read More

Texas woman blamed for fiancé’s car crash death sues GM after it admits link to ignition switch defect

Candice Anderson, the Texas woman who was tried and convicted for killing her fiancé in a 2004 crash has filed a lawsuit against General Motors (GM) after discovering the automaker knew all along its ignition switch defect caused the crash. In Nov. 2004, Ms. Anderson was driving her 2004 Saturn Ion in Canton, Texas, with her fiancé Mikale Erickson when she lost control of the vehicle upon entering a slight curve in the road. The car left the road and crashed into a tree, throwing both driver and passenger through the windshield. Because the crash occurred in a rural part of Texas, an hour passed ... Read More

GM no longer paying daily ignition switch recall fines

General Motors (GM) is no longer paying federal fines for failing to answer questions about its handling of defective ignition switches and its failure to recall vehicles affected by the potentially deadly flaw. The automaker has been racking up fines of $7,000 per day since April 3, the deadline set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The safety regulator stopped the fines on April 5, the day GM turned in a 315-page report documenting the results of an internal investigation commissioned by GM. Total fines GM amassed came to about $430,000. NHTSA also fined GM $35 million for ... Read More

The “GM nod” illustrates GM’s incompetent handling of deadly ignition switches

Last week, General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra told GM employees and journalists that an internal investigation of the way the company handled its deadly ignition switch problem did not find a “conspiracy by the corporation to cover up the facts.”  However, the investigation did reveal something equally bad, if not worse: a company defined by incompetence and willful ignorance. One of the defining characteristics of GM’s corporate culture was, according to the report by investigator Anton Valukas, the “GM nod,” which he described as a situation “when everyone nods in agreement to a proposed plan of action, but then ... Read More

Without trial lawyers, would families have chance at justice against GM for ignition switch defect?

When Brooke Melton’s 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt suddenly lost power and crashed on a rainy night, killing her on her 29th birthday, her parents knew in their hearts that a defect in her automobile was to blame. The same problem – her car stalled while she was driving it – had happened to Brooke just three days before, prompting her father, Ken Melton, to insist they take it to a dealership for repairs. After the fatal crash, the gut feeling Mr. Melton and his wife Beth had that the car was to blame for their daughter’s death was so strong, they ... Read More

Texas woman convicted of manslaughter learns GM ignition switch caused fiancé’s crash death

A Texas woman who became a convicted felon for causing a 2004 car crash that killed her fiancé has learned that General Motors (GM) counts the accident as one of 13 deaths it blames on its defective ignition switches. Candice Anderson was driving her 2004 Saturn Ion in Canton, Texas, with her fiancé Mikale Erickson in November 2004 when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Mr. Erickson, the father of two small children, was killed. Ms. Anderson was thrown through the windshield and barely survived the crash herself. The vehicle’s airbags never deployed. Police could find no causes ... Read More