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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

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

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

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 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

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

New GM CEO To Join First Lady At Obama Speech

Washington (AFP) – The first female CEO of the largest American automaker will be honored by sitting with Michelle Obama when the president delivers his State of the Union Address on Tuesday. The White House announced that Mary Barra, 51, a veteran of General Motors, will be front and center when President Barack Obama delivers […]

January 28, 2014

GM Attemping to Revamp Bureaucracy

From replacing non-qwerty keyboards to killing production of the Hummer, Mary Barra, head of vehicle development for GM, is looking to send a “shock” through that company’s “famously plodding corporate culture.” At a recent meeting with employees in Milford, MI, Barra listened to complaints that GM was “too slow to adopt new technologies” and “wasn’t […]

June 16, 2011