Car electronics

Barra on recall: ‘Terrible things happened’ – CNNMoney

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave her most critical statement yet on the automakers’ handling of a flawed ignition switch, calling it a tragic situation in which “terrible things happened.” Barra, in a video taped for GM employees and released to the public Monday, said various congressional probes and even an criminal investigation into the recall shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. “After all, something went wrong with…

Toyota Set to Pay $1 Billion in US Probe – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Justice Department is expected to announce a settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. as early as Wednesday that could cost the auto maker more than $1 billion to end a criminal probe into its disclosure of safety issues, people familiar with the matter said. The deal would cap a four-year investigation with one of the largest fines ever imposed on an auto maker. It is expected to include a deferred…

Video: GM CEO Barra says ‘something went wrong’ – USA TODAY

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra.(Photo: Steve Fecht for GM) In a video message to General Motors employees on Monday CEO Mary Barra offered an update on “where things stand” with the ignition switch recall and with the company’s efforts to improve its handling of such issues. Barra noted the widening number of investigations into the switch recall and said the growing scrutiny is to be expected because “something went wrong…

GM Chief Steps Up to Handle Safety Questions – New York Times

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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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…

Video: GM CEO Barra says ‘something went wrong’ – USA TODAY

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra.(Photo: Steve Fecht for GM) In a video message to General Motors employees on Monday CEO Mary Barra offered an update on “where things stand” with the ignition switch recall and with the company’s efforts to improve its handling of such issues. Barra noted the widening number of investigations into the switch recall and said the growing scrutiny is to be expected because “something went wrong…

Toyota to settle Justice Department probe over unintended acceleration – CNN

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(CNN) — The Justice Department is set to announce as soon as Wednesday a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota to settle a federal probe of the automaker’s handling of customer complaints related to unintended acceleration, people familiar with the deal said. The investigation led by the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has examined allegations that the Japanese automotive giant initially misled federal authorities after the complaints became a source…

GM Changed Ignition Part Without Telling Drivers, Regulators – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

General Motors knew about a defect in its ignition switches eight years ago and changed the design of an internal part, but never told federal regulators or the drivers of its cars, according to evidence from a recent lawsuit filed by the parents of a Georgia woman who died in a 2010 GM car crash. In February the automaker recalled 1.6 million vehicles, saying their ignition switches could be…

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

Tuesday, March 18, 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…

Barra on recall: ‘Terrible things happened’ – CNNMoney

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave her most critical statement yet on the automakers’ handling of a flawed ignition switch, calling it a tragic situation in which “terrible things happened.” Barra, in a video taped for GM employees and released to the public Monday, said various congressional probes and even an criminal investigation into the recall shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. “After all, something went wrong with…

GM CEO: Admits recall tardy, won’t promise liability – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

General Motors headquarters in Detroit, where CEO Mary Barra discussed recent recalls and what GM can do to regain buyers’ confidence.(Photo: GM) DETROIT — General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker didn’t move fast enough on the ignition switch fault that triggered the recall of 1.62 million cars worldwide and is blamed for 12 deaths in 31 crashes. “Clearly this took too long,” she said in a group interview…

GM recalls 1.18 million SUVs over airbag issue – Fox News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DETROIT –  General Motors issued a new recall of 1.5 million vehicles Monday, part of an effort to assure buyers that it’s moving faster to fix safety defects in its cars and trucks. In a video message to employees posted Monday, CEO Mary Barra said the new recall resulted from a push to review potential safety issues and resolve them more quickly. It’s part of the fallout from the recall…

GM Saw Cobalt as Its Entry Into a Better Small-Car Market – New York Times

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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GM Recalls 1.2 Million SUVs For Problem With Air Bags – NPR (blog)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

i i hide captionThe 2013 Buick Enclave. GM/AP The 2013 Buick Enclave. GM/AP Already in the news for a recall involving 1.6 million small vehicles with faulty ignition switches, General Motors on Monday added 1.2 million SUVs and nearly 400,000 other vehicles to its list of models with problems that need fixing. The new recalls, which GM has listed here: — “1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from…

UPDATE 3-GM recalls 1.5 mln more vehicles; CEO says ‘terrible things happened’ – Reuters

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

* New actions are unrelated to ignition switch problems * GM to take $300 mln charge in 1st qtr for all four recalls * CEO vows changes in recall procedures * Working with Delphi to double output of replacement ignition switches By Ben Klayman DETROIT, March 17 (Reuters) – General Motors Co announced new recalls of 1.5 million vehicles on Monday and in a virtually unprecedented public admission by a…

Something Went ‘Very Wrong’ at GM, Chief Says – New York Times

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Something Went ‘Very Wrong’ at GM, Chief Says – New York Times

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Something ‘Very Wrong’ in GM Processes, Chief Says – New York Times

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Honda recalling 900000 Odyssey minivans due to fire risk – Los Angeles Times

Monday, March 17, 2014

A potential fire risk has led Honda to recall nearly 900,000 of its popular Odyssey minivans, the automaker has announced. The voluntary recall affects 886,815 minivans from the 2005-2010 model years, Honda said. In these vehicles, the cover of the fuel strainer at the top of the gas tank could crack over time and lead to a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway…

What people don’t realize about GM – Yahoo Finance (blog)

Monday, March 17, 2014

General Motors is feeling the heat. America’s second-largest automaker is under investigation by the federal government surrounding GM’s reaction to faulty ignition switches in several GM models. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million cars to deal with the problem it said caused a dozen deaths. However, the watchdog group Center for Auto Safety says as many as 303 people died when the ignition switch turned the vehicle off, shutting…