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Transportation and Infrastructure

Blumenthal slams GM for failing to replace ignition switches

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said it was “unacceptable” that General Motors (GM) still hasn’t given dealerships the replacement part needed to fix faulty ignition switches.

“Having failed to deliver new ignition switches to dealers last week as promised, GM CEO Mary Barra says now they’ll be there as soon as possible,” Blumenthal said. “That vague assurance is unacceptable when dangerously defective cars remain on the road and GM fails to provide adequate warning.” 


Senate Dems demand DOJ intervene in GM recall

Several Senate Democrats demanded Friday that the Department of Justice intervene in the General Motors recall of millions of cars because of faulty ignition switches.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter Friday asking for his help.


Blumenthal demands GM ‘talk truth’ to consumers

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Con.) demanded that General Motors (GM) explain why it decided to stop the sales of some Chevrolet Cruzes.

“I call on GM to immediately inform Cruze drivers of the specific reason — likely safety-related — that prompted the company to stop sales,” Blumenthal said Saturday. “Talk truth to your customers, who put their faith in your products."


Blumenthal demands DOJ holds GM accountable

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told the Department of Justice (DOJ) to require General Motors to compensate those hurt or killed by faulty ignition switches.

“I write to request your immediate intervention and assistance on behalf of victims of severe damage — financial harm, physical injury, and death — resulting from serious ignition switch defects in General Motors cars,” Blumenthal wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday. “Without your active involvement, they may have no meaningful remedy.”


Blumenthal signs onto bill to prevent use of stolen passports

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) signed onto a bill Monday that aims to stop travelers from using stolen passports.

Blumenthal’s decision to co-sponsor Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) Transnational Regulation of Identity of Passports (TRIP) Act comes amid reports that two passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had used stolen passports to board the flight.


Blumenthal: GM is ‘failing to protect’ consumers

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into General Motors (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) failure to report a major defect in cars.

“Repeated failure to detect and stop this potentially lethal defect shows that federal safety watchdogs need a wake up,” Blumenthal said Sunday. “An investigation is clearly warranted to establish why the safety watchdogs failed to act.”