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GM now subject of criminal investigation over ignition switch recall delay

Federal officials have opened a criminal probe into General Motors’ ignition switch recall to determine if and why the company waited more than a decade to correct the problem, which is blamed for 31 crashes involving airbag failure and the deaths of 13 people. Confidential sources told Reuters and the Associated Press that the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York will lead the investigation to determine whether GM could be held criminally liable for failing to abide by U.S. laws mandating that automakers notify federal regulators and issue a safety recall within five days of discovering a safety defect. Depositions taken from ... Read More

U.S. regulators order GM to explain its handling of ignition switch recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stepped up its investigation of General Motors Co. in the wake of a potentially deadly ignition switch recall, ordering the automaker to fill in the missing pieces of its chronology detailing the problem, which stretches back to 2004. On Feb. 13, GM recalled 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and certain Pontiac vehicles to repair an ignition switch problem that can allow the key to unintentionally slip from its “run” position when the car hits a bump or if the keychain is too heavy. As a result, the defect can cause an engine shutdown and loss of power ... Read More

GM faces steep fines for its failure to promptly recall faulty ignition switches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into General Motors’ handling of an ignition switch defect that the company says may have contributed to 31 airbag failure incidents and 13 deaths. U.S. laws require automakers to notify federal regulators within five days of determining that a safety defect exists and promptly conduct a recall. Testimony given by GM engineers and company documents uncovered in the litigation of one wrongful death claim indicate that GM knew about the potentially deadly defect in 2004 when it started selling its 2005 Cobalts. However, the U.S. auto giant didn’t recall ... Read More