Monday, May 17, 2021

GM facing legal challenges on multiple fronts

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Recall Notices
The AP reports, “A northwest Alabama man is suing General Motors, claiming his daughter’s death was caused by an ignition switch that is the subject of a large recall.” The AP notes that “Steve Smith filed the suit Monday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on behalf of his daughter, Aubrey Wallace Williams of Anderson.” The AP explains that “the...

GM expands vehicle recall by 971,000 cars built 2007-2011

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Recall Notices
In continuing coverage of the General Motors vehicle recalls over problems with ignition switches, the volume of coverage erupted following GM’s announcement yesterday of additional recalls. Several national outlets and wires are reporting on the new recall numbers, with many others addressing the overall recall scandal and the government’s response in both DOT and Congress. The CBS Evening News broadcast...

GM CEO testifies before Congress

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Mary Barra
General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s testimony before a House subcommittee on Tuesday led all three network news broadcasts Tuesday evening. The networks dedicated more than nine-and-a-half minutes of coverage to the story, and it is the subject of extensive print coverage this morning. Generally the coverage casts lawmakers as angry that Barra was unable to provide more specific answers...

Senate panel hears testimony from General Motors CEO

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Recall Notices
After appearing before a House panel on Tuesday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra appeared before a Senate Commerce Committee subcommittee Wednesday to discuss GM’s handling of a faulty ignition switch in some of its vehicles which has been linked to the deaths of 13 people. Coverage of Barra’s Senate testimony is much lighter than that of her House testimony....

Criminal charges urged in GM defect probe

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The AP reports that the families of “those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade – and perhaps for covering them up. ‘The only way the public is going to be protected from this negligence by companies is...

GM executive involved in studying ignition problem retires

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The New York Times reports that GM announced on Monday that Jim Federico, a senior engineer, decided to retire after working 36 years for the company. According to the article, documents filed with Federal officials show that Federico, who was responsible for global vehicle integration, “was involved in studying the faulty switches” linked to 13 deaths. The report notes...

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