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Distractor In Chief: Trump Assails GM Over Car Production In Mexico

President-elect Donald Trump threatened to impose a “big border tax” on General Motors Co for making some of its Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in Mexico, an arrangement the largest U.S. automaker defended as part of its strategy to serve global customers, not sell them in the United States.

January 3, 2017

GM Settles With 19 Families In Ignition Deaths Case, More Expected

By Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — The number of deaths from accidents caused by General Motors’ defective ignition switch is at least 19, the chief of GM’s victim settlement fund has determined. Ken Feinberg has awarded settlements to 19 families whose loved ones were killed because of GM’s ignition-switch problem. That’s up from […]

September 15, 2014

GM Excoriated For ‘Negligence’ At Latest Senate Hearing

Washington (AFP) — GM officials came under attack at a Senate hearing Thursday from lawmakers who accused them of “gross negligence” that contributed to at least 13 deaths linked to defective General Motors cars. While Mary Barra, the embattled chief executive of America’s largest automaker, returned for another congressional grilling, the man GM hired to […]

July 17, 2014

U.S. Auto Sales Best Expectations For June

New York (AFP) – Leading automakers, including scandal-plagued General Motors, Tuesday reported better-than-expected June auto sales in the U.S., an indication of higher consumer confidence. Three of the four biggest auto sellers in the U.S. — GM, Toyota and Chrysler — notched increases from the June 2013 period, while Ford Motor reported a smaller decline […]

July 1, 2014

GM Offers At Least $1 Mn For Each Ignition Switch Death

Washington (AFP) — General Motors said Monday it will pay at least $1 million and probably much more in compensation for people killed in car accidents tied to defective ignition switches. Facing possibly hundreds of death and injury claims for a problem the company covered up for more than a decade, GM set no total […]

June 30, 2014

GM Still Has Millions Of Recalled Cars To Repair, Investigators Say

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — Two months after repair kits for 2.6 million recalled General Motors Co. vehicles began being shipped to dealers, the automaker has repaired only about 155,000 vehicles, though the company continues to maintain it will replace all of them on schedule. Congressional investigators, releasing a memo Monday morning […]

June 16, 2014

More Car Recalls From GM

New York (AFP) – General Motors announced more car recalls Friday as the total number of recalls of problematic vehicles this year neared 16.5 million. GM said the ignition keys and key fobs needed to be replace on 511,000 2011-2014 Camaros because drivers’ knees could bump the fob and cause the key to move out […]

June 13, 2014

GM Takes Responsibility For Ignition Scandal

Washington (AFP) – General Motors chief executive Mary Barra said Thursday that the company would take full responsibility for the faulty ignition scandal and compensate victims of accidents tied to the defects. Barra said the saga of the Chevrolet Cobalt ignitions, which led to at least 13 deaths, was “riddled with failure” but that there […]

June 5, 2014

GM To Release Investigation Report On Deadly Ignition Switch

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times General Motors Co. plans to release the findings of a much-anticipated investigation into why it delayed recalling defective cars linked to at least 13 deaths. Chief Executive Mary Barra is scheduled to brief employees Thursday on the results of a three-month probe by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas. The […]

June 4, 2014

General Motors Recalls Three Million More Cars Worldwide

New York (AFP) – General Motors announced a new round of recalls Thursday, totaling nearly three million vehicles worldwide, as the U.S. automaker works to speed up its response to safety issues. GM said that five recalls affected 2.99 million vehicles, with most of them — 2.71 million — in the United States. The company […]

May 15, 2014

Senators Attack Culture Of GM

By Jim Puzzanghera and Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — For just a few million dollars, General Motors Co. could have replaced a defective ignition switch that ultimately has been linked to 13 deaths and is expected to cost the automaker billions in repairs, fines and litigation. GM need only have spent an additional 90 […]

April 3, 2014

GM’s Barra Vows To Investigate Possible Cover-Up Of Safety Defect

By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday she wants to find out if key engineering employees at the automaker executed a cover-up or merely erred in not recalling cars equipped with a defective part linked to 13 deaths. In testimony before a House […]

April 1, 2014

GM Consumers Complained For Years About Ignitions

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Consumers made at least 133 warranty claims with General Motors about defects in the ignitions of its cars from June 2003 to June 2012, while the company continued to deny any defects, congressional investigators have found. Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California released a summary of the findings […]

April 1, 2014

Congress And Cobalts

April 1, 2014

Ford’s U.S. Auto Sales Rebound In March

Washington (AFP) – Ford’s U.S. auto sales accelerated in March, pulling out of a February slump blamed on brutal winter weather, while General Motors delayed its results over a computer problem. Ford, the second-largest U.S. automaker, said total sales in its home market rose three percent in March from a year ago, to 244,167 vehicles. […]

April 1, 2014

GM Chief Barra Faces Tough Questions Over Recalls

Washington (AFP) — General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra faces tough questioning in Congress on Tuesday over why the company ignored a faulty ignition problem for a decade despite numerous accident reports and 13 deaths. Also in the dock will be the U.S. auto safety agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under attack […]

April 1, 2014

‘Pattern’ Of Problems Seen In GM Cars, But Regulators Declined To Act

By Jim Puzzanghera and Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Federal regulators twice declined to investigate faulty ignition switches in General Motors Co. cars that led to 13 deaths — even though one official found “a pattern” of problems, according to a new congressional report. The report, released Sunday, added fresh details to a […]

March 31, 2014
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Meet The American Oligarchy: The Koch Brothers

If the Koch Brothers were Russians, we’d call them oligarchs: grasping barbarians exercising crude political power.

March 26, 2014

GM Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles For Air Bag, Fire Risks

By Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — General Motors Co. on Monday issued three new recalls separate from the controversial action of recalling 1.6 million small cars that may have defective ignition switches, the company said. “I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve […]

March 17, 2014

GM Sold 9.7 Million Cars Worldwide Last Year, Up 4 Percent

Detroit (AFP) – General Motors said Tuesday that it sold 9.71 million cars last year, beating out rival carmaker Volkswagen but likely only holding onto second place behind world leader Toyota. GM said it managed a 4 percent gain in global sales despite tough conditions in depressed Europe and slowdowns in Latin America and parts […]

January 14, 2014