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Auto Auction Co. Faces Steep Safety Penalties After Deadly Crash

Federal officials have cited a Massachusetts automobile auction company with multiple safety violations and proposed more than a quarter million dollars in fines after five people were struck and killed by a runaway Jeep being exhibited at auction in May. Several others gathered for the auction were seriously injured. The citations stem from a May 3 investigation triggered by a May 1 incident involving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee that suddenly accelerated to about 40 mph and plowed into a crowd of people gathered inside the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said ... Read More

Runaway Jeep Kills Three, Injures Several More At Massachusetts Auto Auction

An out-of-control Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly accelerated inside a Massachusetts auto auction facility Monday morning, killing three people and injuring several others before crashing through the side of the building. Marian Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney, said in a press conference that two women and one man were killed when a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly accelerated to about 40 mph and plowed into a crowd of people gathered inside the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. Several others, including eight people with serious injuries and two others with life-threatening injuries, were taken to various hospitals in the area for ... Read More

Suddenly Accelerating Bus Kills Indianapolis School Principal, Injures Two Children

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Indianapolis authorities are investigating why a school bus that was idling in front of an elementary school suddenly raced forward and jumped the curb, killing the school principal and seriously injuring two students. Susan Jordan, who had been the principal of Amy Beverland High School in Indianapolis for 22 years, was killed about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday after being struck by the out-of-control bus. The vehicle’s driver told authorities she did not know why the bus suddenly accelerated but said that Ms. Jordan heroically pushed several students out of harm’s way before the bus struck her. The two ... Read More

GM announces more safety recalls over weekend, 57,000 vehicles affected

General Motors (GM) announced two more safety recalls over the weekend affecting more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for problems involving overheating fuel pumps, loose electrical connections, and yet more potentially deadly ignition switch defects. The new recalls came just one day after the Detroit automaker recalled more than half a million cars and SUVs for loose joint and hood latch defects. On Saturday, GM said that it’s recalling about 47,000 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars and about 7,600 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police cars because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee, inadvertently switching the key ... Read More

GM launching two new safety recalls of more than half a million cars, SUVs

General Motors (GM) announced two new safety recalls on Friday for loose joints and a hood latch problem that together affect more than 524,000 cars and SUVs. The first recall encompasses 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joints and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly, which could cause the toe adjuster link to separate and in turn cause the vehicle to veer off the intended course at highway speeds and potentially crash. GM said it knows of three crashes and two injuries linked to the rear toe link defect. The recall affects 2010-2015 model-year ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

U.S. Treasury approved GM exec pay raises despite poor performance, losses

Top executives at General Motors (GM) and Ally Finance (formerly GMAC, GM’s former consumer finance offspring) received “excessive” pay hikes approved by the U.S. Treasury Department, which has monitored and approved executive salaries and bonuses since the companies received $66.7 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money. According to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the Treasury Department allowed total pay packages of at least $1 million for all of the top executives at both companies. The report also says several GM executives who received a combined $3 million ... Read More

GM announces two new recalls to repair fire hazards

General Motors (GM) has announced two new safety recalls over defects that could potentially result in fire, and in some cases, explosion. Last week, GM said it was recalling about 3,200 natural gas-powered cargo vans for gas leaks that could lead to an explosion and fire. The recall affects 3,196 Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Sahara vans powered by compressed natural gas. The Detroit automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the affected vehicles “may have a CNG (compressed natural gas) high pressure regulator that leaks natural gas into the atmosphere,” adding that this flaw “could cause ... Read More

NHTSA’s failure to address GM ignition switch problem detailed in Congressional report

Federal auto safety regulators fell under scathing criticism again this week following the release of a House committee report that underscored their failures in policing General Motors (GM) while consumer complaints about defects and accident reports piled up in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database. “The agency’s repeated failure to identify, let alone explore, the potential defect theory related to the ignition switch — even after it was spelled out in a report the agency commissioned — is inexcusable,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee concluded in its report. The report blames NHTSA for failing to notice a ... Read More

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