Posted November 14th, 2014 by Munley Law.
Bloomberg news reported this week the recent disclosure of GM e-mails from December, nearly 2-months before the recall, that show the company was working on a fix for its ignition switch problem at that time. This begs the question why the company didn’t issue an immediate recall in December.
Delphi Automotive, the British auto supplier that has a U.S. headquarters in Troy, Michigan, disclosed the emails. An attorney suing GM released them publically on Monday. The tone of the emails showed a growing sense of urgency on the part of GM. USA Today printed the following excerpts of the emails from GM to their switch supplier, Delphi. On December 18, 2013, an email mentioned a build and ship plan for a large volume totaling 500,000 or more pieces. In January, the emails grew more urgent, mentioning that “this issue is urgent” and “we need an immediate ship plan”. […]Read More
Posted October 10th, 2014 by Munley Law.
Not even the police are safe in General Motors cars. GM announced its 75th recall of 2014 earlier this week, recalling 7,600 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles, because of a transmission issue. The Detroit News reported that the vehicles could roll away when the drivers believed they were in park. This recall marked GM’s seventh recall in nine days.
GMs recalls now total approximately 30 million vehicles. The most recent recall includes the Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years. GM said that the cars, which were imported from Australia, could be shifted out of park without a foot on the brake pedal. The problem may also enable the driver to remove the ignition key without the transmission being in park. This could cause a potential roll away hazard and increasing the risk of injury to occupants exiting the vehicle or people walking nearby. […]Read More
Posted September 29th, 2014 by Munley Law.
Last week, more than a dozen families were given a choice to accept a settlement or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle over deaths in crashes tied to faulty ignition switches. The families of two Wisconsin girls killed in the 2006 crash of Chevrolet Cobalt accepted offers from GM, dropping a lawsuit in favor the settlement.
The crash that killed 18-year-old Natasha Weigel and 15-year-old Amy Rademaker was one of the first blamed on the faulty switches. According to ABC News, a Wisconsin state trooper investigating the crash made the connection between the position of the ignition switch and the air bags not deploying. An investigation into GMs delay in handling the recall found that both GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were aware of the trooper’s report, but largely ignored it.
Despite evidence from this crash and others that faulty ignition switches were causing engines to stall and air bags to be disabled, […]Read More
Posted September 15th, 2014 by Munley Law.
General Motors will pay compensation for 19 deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch, according to multiple news sources. This is more than the 13 deaths they originally estimated to have been linked to the GM ignition switch, and some lawmakers have estimate the death toll is close to 100.
According to the Automotive News, independent compensation expert, Kenneth Feinberg said the GM fund has now received 445 claims, including 125 for deaths, 58 for serious injuries and 262 for brief hospitalization or outpatient care. They have since approved 31 claims, including 19 for deaths. According to CNN, most of the remaining claims are still being reviewed. Camille Biros, the deputy administrator of the program, told Automotive News that no claims have been rejected thus far.
GM has admitted knowing about the ignition switch problem for more than a decade, […]Read More
Posted August 12th, 2014 by Munley Law.
General Motors issued six more recalls on Friday totaling more than 312,000 vehicles. The recalls put GM’s total for the year to 66 recalls of just over 29 million cars and trucks.
Friday’s recalls included more than 215,000 Saturn Vue SUVs, 2002 through 2004 model years for an ignition key cylinder problem, saying the keys can be removed when the ignitions are not in the off position and the engine is still running. The problem has been linked to crashes. GM has discontinued this vehicle and the Saturn brand.
Other GM U.S. recalls that were announced Friday include:
- 2013 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and 2013 Buick Encores in the U.S. for an issue with front seat belt pretensioner cables.
- 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans for a problem with the front console storage compartment latch opening in a rear crash.
- 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2008 Pontiac G3 cars because brake fluid may not protect key components against corrosion, […]