Car electronics

Other GM cars have recalled Cobalt steering – USA TODAY

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturn Ions from 2004 to 2007 use the same power steering system that caused a recall of 1 million Chevrolet Cobalts in 2010. Federal officials have duplicated the steering problem in Saturns, but the Ions haven’t been recalled. A 2006 Saturn Ion is shown.(Photo: GM Wieck) Hundreds of thousands of General Motors cars with the same steering system that prompted a big Chevrolet Cobalt recall four years ago haven’t been…

Suit in fatal Cobalt crash to test GM liability shield – USA TODAY

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Natasha Weigel, right, and Amy Rademaker who were killed in a 2006 crash of a Chevrolet Cobalt in Wisconsin.(Photo: Family photo) The families of two Wisconsin teenagers who died in a 2006 accident while passengers in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt have sued General Motors in a Minnesota court, setting the stage for what could be a test case in challenging the automaker’s legal shield against pre-bankruptcy liabilities. The crash —…

Rough Road Ahead For GM As US Congress Plots Safety Probe – Fox Business

Friday, March 21, 2014

The U.S. congressional investigation into General Motors Co automobile defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill. GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles, due to an ignition-switch problem linked to 12 fatalities, has put the Detroit automaker in Congress’ cross hairs, with potentially dramatic hearings kicking off in April. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra is scheduled to testify on April…

GM CEO to testify in Congress April 1 on recall – USA TODAY

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.(Photo: Daniel Roland, AFP/Getty Images) WASHINGTON — Mary Barra, just two months on the job as General Motors’ CEO, will testify before a congressional subcommittee April 1 about a widening safety recall that threatens to damage the automaker’s resurgent reputation following its emergence from bankruptcy. Late Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee — which March 10 announced it would investigate GM’s recall of 1.6…

Judge puts Toyota on probation for three years – USA TODAY

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Is Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement a foreshadowing for GM ignition switch recall? – MLive.com

Friday, March 21, 2014

DETROIT, MI- General Motors Co. appears to be making a lot of the right moves regarding the recall of 1.6 million vehicles for an ignition switch problem that has been linked to 12 fatalities. In fact, GM CEO Mary Barra has personally apologized for the issue and promised to cooperate with numerous government organizations investigating how GM handled the recall. The company also has appointed a new vehicle safety czar; instructed dealers to…

GM rolls out new modular Ecotec engine family, boosting production [w/video] – Autoblog (blog)

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Modular Ecotec Engines are More Adaptable, Efficient 2014-03-19 Modular architecture streamlines powertrain portfolio, reduces manufacturing complexity Global design and manufacturing processes enhance adaptability, with 11 engine variants ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L Up to 2.5 million annual production at five global plants by 2017 DETROIT – A new generation of Ecotec small-displacement engines streamlines General Motors’ global powertrain portfolio with a modular architecture that broadens its adaptability to global…

GM hasn’t notified recall victims’ families – CNNMoney

Friday, March 21, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra. Click on photo to see a timeline of GM’s recall problems. General Motors believes at least 12 people were killed by a flaw in the ignition switch in more than 1.6 million of its cars. But it has yet to reveal who those 12 people are — even to the victims’ family members. GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that fact during a media roundtable in Detroit…

Auto dealers fire back at Tesla CEO: ‘This Musk guy, he wants all the profits … – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week, New Jersey announced that it would begin enforcing a ban on the direct sale of automobiles by manufacturers, a change that will cripple electric-vehicle maker Tesla’s business in that state. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, responded with a fiery blog post accusing state legislators of cutting a backroom deal with traditional franchised auto retailers — retailers with which Tesla has consistently refused to do business — and playing…

Toyota Is Fined $1.2 Billion for Concealing Safety Defects – New York Times

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement may be model for US probe into GM – Reuters

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe into safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how U.S. authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors Co. The settlement between the Justice Department and Toyota includes an admission by the auto manufacturer that it misled American consumers about two different problems that caused cars to accelerate…

GM hasn’t notified recall victims’ families – CNNMoney

Thursday, March 20, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra. Click on photo to see a timeline of GM’s recall problems. General Motors believes at least 12 people were killed by a flaw in the ignition switch in more than 1.6 million of its cars. But it has yet to reveal who those 12 people are — even to the victims’ family members. GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that fact during a media roundtable in Detroit…

GM must pay for pre-bankruptcy ignition deception: lawsuit – Reuters

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Motors Co was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday demanding that the company be held liable for allegedly concealing ignition problems before its 2009 bankruptcy. The ignition switch problems led to the recall of 1.6 million vehicles last month. GM is a different legal entity than the one that filed the 2009 bankruptcy that shook the U.S. economy. The so-called new GM is not responsible…

Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement may be model for US probe into GM – Reuters

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe into safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how U.S. authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors Co. The settlement between the Justice Department and Toyota includes an admission by the auto manufacturer that it misled American consumers about two different problems that caused cars to accelerate…

GM hasn’t notified recall victims’ families – CNNMoney

Thursday, March 20, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra. Click on photo to see a timeline of GM’s recall problems. General Motors believes at least 12 people were killed by a flaw in the ignition switch in more than 1.6 million of its cars. But it has yet to reveal who those 12 people are — even to the victims’ family members. GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that fact during a media roundtable in Detroit…

Toyota Expected to Settle Justice Dept. Investigation – New York Times

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Toyota Admits Misleading Customers; Agrees To $1.2 Billion Criminal Fine – Forbes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In a stunning punch to one of the most admired carmakers in the world, the U.S. Justice Department today announced a criminal fraud charge against Toyota Motor Toyota Motor for misleading customers about unintended acceleration complaints in its cars, and said it would defer prosecution in exchange for a $1.2 billion fine, the largest in history against any automaker. The government also said it would appoint an independent monitor to…

Toyota Challenges ‘Outrageously Unreasonable’ Fees In Prius Class Action – Forbes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments early next month in an increasingly nasty fight over $1.7 million in fees five class-action law firms want for negotiating a settlement over allegedly defective Toyota Prius headlights. The judge previously described their fee request as “outrageously unreasonable,” but the law firms, led by Gerard Gibbs of San Francisco and New York, think they deserve it for negotiating a  settlement worth about…

Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement may be model for US probe into GM – Reuters

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe in to safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how U.S. authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors Co. The settlement between the Justice Department and Toyota includes an admission by the auto manufacturer that it misled American consumers about two different problems that caused cars to…

The Biggest Threat To The US Auto Industry From GM’s Recalls – Forbes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On Tuesday, General Motors General Motors named a 40-year company veteran, Jeff Boyer, to a new position as vice president of global vehicle safety. He joined the automaker in 1974, when GM’s leadership of the automobile industry, both in the United States and around the world, was unrivaled. But during Boyer’s four decades at the car company, GM saw its market share take a steady slide. The automaker lost its…