Automobiles

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.” 

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GM CEO touts 'meaningful progress' in changing company culture

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that the company was more focused on safety than it has been in recent years, despite intense criticism of its handling of widespread recalls in recent months. 

GM has come under fire for allegedly purposely delaying recalling 1.6 million cars that had a dangerous ignition switch flaw because it did not want to pay for repairs. 

Barra said in a speech at the at the New York International Auto Show on Tuesday that the company is “more focused on quality and doing what is right for the customer than at any time in my 33 years with the company,” despite the recall criticism. 

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GM shuffles leadership team after recall crisis

General Motors announced a series of leadership changes on Monday after weathering bad publicity for widespread auto recalls that have been issued this year.

GM said Monday that its senior vice presidents of Global Human Resources and Global Communications and Public Policy, Melissa Howell and Selim Bingol, respectively, were departing the company immediately.

Howell is being replaced by John Quattrone, who had been GM's executive director of Human Resources for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain organizations, according to the company.

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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.

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GM: Recalls cost $1.3 billion

General Motors said Thursday that its recall of more than two million of its vehicles is expected to cost $1.3 billion. 

The company made the announcement as it said it was adding another fix to its prior recalls of the ignition switch and power steering mechanism of its older models like the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. 

GM has come under fire from lawmakers and regulators for allegedly delaying an issue of the recalls on purpose for cars that are in some cases as old as a decade because it did not want to pay for repairs. 

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