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Similar ignition switch issue that prompted massive GM recalls now prompts Chrysler Jeep recalls

Nearly 792,000 older-model Jeep SUVs are now under recall by Chrysler Group due to an issue General Motors (GM) would be familiar with – ignition switches. According to Chrysler, if the ignition switch is bumped by the driver’s knees, it may shift out of the “on” position, thus shutting off engine power and killing power assist to both the steering and brakes. In this state, air bags are also disabled in the vehicle. Vehicles affected by this recall include 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-07 Jeep Grand Cherokees. However, Chrysler also expanded a previous ignition switch-related recall to its older model ... Read More

GM recalls more vehicles, this time for problems unrelated to defective ignition switch

Today General Motors (GM) announced the recall of more than 700,000 vehicles. The vehicles were recalled for a variety of problems, but none related to its defective ignition switch that threw the automaker into the spotlight and placed it at the center of a congressional investigation earlier this year. Most of the vehicles included in today’s recall are from current model years. The largest group of automobiles in the latest recall is affected by a potentially loose bolt used to adjust the height of power-adjustable front seats. That recall affects 414,333 vehicles including the 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain ... 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

Documents show GM “opts not to respond” in history of past death inquiries involving faulty ignition switches

Crash after crash, federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were confused about what was happening to victims who appeared to have just suddenly lost control of their General Motors (GM) vehicle and crashed with failed airbags. However, thanks to material discovered through the Freedom of Information Act, The New York Times has learned General Motors’ answer to the many “sudden power loss” crashes that occurred before the ignition switch defect came to the public eye this year – silence. According to The New York Times, GM’s response to NHTSA’s inquiries continually left questions about the crashes ... Read More

Permanently injured young man seeks justice after accident involving GM’s faulty ignition switch

A defective ignition switch is responsible for yet another lawsuit against General Motors (GM), this time filed by a young man and his mother. The lawsuit was filed in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. A GM dealership in Erie, Pa., was also named as a defendant in the nine-count civil lawsuit.  According to the suit, 20-year-old Damon Szatkowski of Shavertown, Pa., who was 17 at the time of accident, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Solstice when his vehicle suddenly swerved into a retaining wall along North Street in Luzerne on Dec. 3, 2011. Since the airbags did not deploy as they ... Read More

GM’s victim compensation fund praised by some and criticized by others

The compensation fund established by General Motors (GM) puts forth a message that victims of ignition switch failures will be fairly and justly compensated. However, some speculate that the fund is a diversion designed to convince victims to waive their right to a day in court against the automaker. Kenneth Feinberg was recently hired by GM to head the compensation fund and determine who is and isn’t eligible to receive restitution through the program. According to GM Authority, Bloomberg Television interviewed Feinberg on the details of the compensation fund. Feinberg went on to describe the fund as “generous and fair ... 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

Delphi Automotive CEO Rodney O’Neal set to appear for Senate subcommittee hearing July 17

According to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra, along with Rodney O’Neal, the head of Delphi Automotive PLC, are set to face a senate subcommittee hearing next week. Delphi Automotive is the company responsible for supplying the faulty ignition switches to GM that led to the automaker’s recall crisis. The senators at the upcoming hearing, titled “Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in the Wake of the GM Recalls,” will ask GM and Delphi leaders for the reason behind GM’s decade-long delay of the initial 2.59 million-vehicle recall involving the defective ignition switches. Delphi’s ignition switches caused GM ... 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

Redesigned ’14 Cadillac CTS sedans to be excluded from previous GM ignition switch recall

Ironically, General Motors (GM) has recalled information from Monday regarding a recall of one its many vehicles. Out of the 8.2 million vehicles worldwide that GM has recalled for an ignition switch flaw, the 2014 Cadillac CTS was a sedan model listed Monday that remains unaffected by the problem. Alan Adler, GM spokesman, confirmed that the defect will affect 2003-13 CTS models, but not the redesigned 2014 sedan. However, the ’14 model years that were not redesigned, which include the CTS coupe and wagon, are still affected by Monday’s recall. GM did not provide an immediate response for the confusion, ... Read More