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  • Another GM Recall Bombshell Raises More Questions

    11/10/2014 11:00:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 10, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The evidence continues to mount that General Motors has been less than transparent, if not outright culpable, regarding its ignition switch recall fiasco. As the death toll mounts (from the original 13 casualties reported by GM to the just revised 32 deaths) for victims involved in crashes of GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, new evidence has emerged that GM actually ordered replacement parts for the defective switches a full two months before they even reported a problem. A Wall Street Journal article published on Sunday unveiled the damning evidence that GM placed an order for half a million replacement...
  • Women's Museum Asked to Rescind Mary Barra Award; GM CEO Made History 'of Wrong Kind'

    11/10/2014 9:16:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 10, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Today I sent the following letter to Dr. Gretchen Green, the Acting Chair of the National Women's History Museum: We ask the National Women's History Museum (NWHM) to withdraw its planned award to General Motors CEO Mary Barra. As you know, Barra is scheduled to receive the Katharine Graham Living Legacy Award on November 17 as part of your annual de Pizan Honors at The Mead Center for American Theater at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Barra has indeed made history - of the wrong kind. Just three months ago, she sat in front of Congressional Committees and desperately tried...
  • Vanity: Want to expand the Republican map, even further? (Try a Recall)

    11/08/2014 6:51:39 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 22 replies
    Ballotpedia ^ | N/A | Ballotpedia
    Recall Contents [hide] 1 Statewide recall 1.1 Officials eligible by state 1.2 Prerequisites for recall processes 2 Notable recalls 2.1 Gubernatorial recalls 2.1.1 Wisconsin, 2012 2.1.2 California, 2003 2.1.3 North Dakota, 1921 2.2 Other recalls 3 Recalls by type of political office 4 See also 5 References Recall is a process available in most jurisdictions whereby an elected official can be removed from office either for malfeasance or in some jurisdictions for any action the recall language specifies. For recalls, most state laws have set the highest signature threshold for any type of petition—most often requiring 25% of all registered...
  • Texas ground beef recalled due to possible metal pieces

    10/07/2014 7:56:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 5, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Texas groceries had likely removed by Sunday morning all ground beef from store shelves that was subject to a recall due to possible contamination from tiny pieces of metal, an executive at the company which recalled the product said. Sam Kane Beef Processors, based in Corpus Christi, Texas, recalled nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef shipped between Sept. 9 and Sept. 18 to Texas retail outlets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release on Saturday. Consumers in four separate incidents reported finding pieces of metal about 3 mm in size in beef products, and one...
  • The Day John Doe Rushed Through the Door

    10/03/2014 8:58:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — One year ago, about an hour before dawn, police surrounded the homes of several Wisconsin conservatives and then hit them with floodlights. Police didn’t draw their guns. They didn’t have to. Garish light blinded the groggy targets of the secret probe, startling neighbors. The uniforms, the lights, the early hour got everybody’s attention. One of the targets says police threatened to use battering rams to break down the front door, but the targets let them in. Armed with warrants approved at the request of prosecutors, investigators searched the homes for evidence of a political crime. The fact...
  • Why Wisconsin won't become Illinois

    09/24/2014 6:07:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-22-14 | Editorial
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, faces a difficult re-election in six weeks. Under normal circumstances, he would probably be coasting to victory. He just beat a recall attempt in 2012, Wisconsin's economy is improving, and he put in place reforms that have already saved the state $3 billion. But of course, this is the issue. His now-famous union bargaining reforms of 2011 have incurred the wrath of America's big labor unions, which are now eager to defeat him. But anyone who doubts the wisdom of Walker's reforms — and the self-interested short-sightedness of the public union bosses — need...
  • Glenn Grothman slams Leibham over accepting money from a trade union (WI6)

    08/02/2014 9:25:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Electon Watchdog ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    CAMPBELLSPORT – On Friday, 6th District Congressional candidate Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) slammed Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) for accepting a maximum limit contribution from a progressive trade union. More: Stroebel, Leibham Trade Barbs Over Voter ID According to records from the Federal Elections Commission, Leibham accepted $5,000 from the Laborers Union International North America (LIUNA) PAC on July 15, 2014. The LIUNA was very evident during the 2011 protests against Governor Scott Walker over Act 10 which was upheld by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The LIUNA has 500,000 members that are represented in...
  • Shorewood man charged with voter fraud

    08/01/2014 7:53:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Shorewood NOW ^ | 6-25-14 | Jeff Rumage
    Shorewood — A Shorewood man has been charged with 13 counts of voter fraud, allegedly using other peoples' names and addresses — even driving to Indiana — to cast multiple ballots in multiple elections. According to a criminal complaint, 50-year-old health insurance executive Robert Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election between David Prosser and Joann Kloppenburg, two ballots in the August 2011 recall election between Alberta Darling and Sandy Pasch, five ballots in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election in June 2012, one illegal ballot in the August 2012 partisan primary election and two ballots...
  • Kirkland Signature brand Whole Mixed Nuts recalled due to insect infestation

    07/28/2014 3:05:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Starting date: July 24, 2014 Type of communication: Recall Alert sub-type: Notification Subcategory: Extraneous Material Hazard classification: Class 3 Source of recall: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Recalling firm: Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. Distribution: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec Extent of the product distribution: Retail CFIA reference number: 9067 Affected products Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC Kirkland Signature Whole Mixed Nuts 1.13 kg Best Before 02 APR 2015 0 96619 17766 0
  • General Motors Issues Six New Recalls Affecting 823,000 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles

    07/24/2014 9:11:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Richard Read
    For much of the spring, it seemed as if General Motors issued a new round of recalls every other day, but the automaker has been largely quiet on that front for over three weeks. Could the recall party be coming to an end? Based on a new press release from GM, the answer is probably "no". The release outlines six new recalls, some big, some small. They cover a range of recent models from GM's surviving four nameplates and affect roughly 823,000 vehicles. This brings the total number of vehicles recalled by GM since January 1, 2014 to 28,767,143. Here's...
  • GM recalls 717,950 vehicles in U.S., not for ignition switches

    07/23/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-23-14 | rooters
    General Motors Co (GM.N) on Wednesday announced six recalls covering 717,950 vehicles in the United States for varying reasons. None of the recalls were related to the ignition switch issues that have caused nearly 15 million recalls of GM vehicles worldwide this year. The new set of recalls brings GM's recalls worldwide this year to nearly 30 million. The largest recall is for a potentially loose bolt in power adjustable front seats for several cars from model years 2010 and 2012.
  • At Hearing on G.M. Recall, Mary Barra Gives Little Ground

    07/18/2014 9:19:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Bill Vlasic & Aaron M. Kessler
    WASHINGTON — Only three months ago, Mary T. Barra arrived for the first time on Capitol Hill to apologize — publicly, profusely and personally — for General Motors’ long failure to recall millions of small cars. On Thursday, Ms. Barra returned to Washington again, and this time, she drew the line. As senator after senator offered more bruising criticism of G.M., Ms. Barra, G.M.'s chief, signaled that there were limits to what the automaker would do. G.M., she said, will not expand its compensation program for victims. The company will not waive its protection from lawsuits gained in bankruptcy reorganization....
  • Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads

    07/12/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads. Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.” “In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads,” said Bloomberg in the interview published online Wednesday....
  • Bloomberg Disses Rural Colorado: 'I Don't Think There's Roads' in Colorado Springs or Pueblo

    07/10/2014 4:08:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Jul 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg scoffed at rural Colorado’s reaction to gun control during an interview with Rolling Stone in this month’s magazine, suggesting that only the parts of the country without even the most basic components of civilization would be opposed to more gun control. Bloomberg was asked about the successful recall races of Democratic State Senators in response to the strict gun control legislation passed in the state. “The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don't think there's roads. It's as far rural as you can get,” he said. ......
  • GM Replacing Ignition Switch Kits With Faulty Tabs [Recalling a recall!]

    07/10/2014 1:01:35 PM PDT · by Spktyr · 11 replies
    autoevolution ^ | July 10, 2014 | Mircea Panait
    What the hell is going on over at General Motors? First the manufacturer announced on February 7th that a defect relating to 619,122 cars was identified, but that figure hiked to 25.7 million vehicles to date. As if that wasn't enough of a handful, the carmaker gets utterly ridiculous because of 542 redesigned ignition switches recalled in view of a faulty tab. According to an official statement, those 542 badly designed replacement ignition switch kits will be brought back to the Delphi Automotive plant in Mexico, disposed of and replaced with better built ones. Furthermore, this botchy mess "convinced" Delphi...
  • Cochran Senate campaign admits to FEC filing 'screw up'

    07/09/2014 2:25:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) campaign said Tuesday it “screwed up” its Federal Election Commission reports when disclosing $53,000 in get-out-the-vote cash payments, and will have to amend its filings. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., reports that campaign adviser Austin Barbour said the campaign made a mistake when disclosing large sums listed as reimbursements for “Campaign Walkers” to staffer Amanda Shook. Conservative blogger Charles Johnson reported Monday night that the reimbursements, including payments ranging from $8,000 to $15,000, violated FEC rules, which declare staffers can only be reimbursed for food and travel costs. Any other reimbursements to staff are considered loans,...
  • Voting Totals Reveal Crucial Boost From Blacks in Thad Cochran’s Victory

    07/09/2014 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Nate Cohn and Derek Willis
    The precinct level returns in Hinds County bolster the theory that a surge in black, Democratic turnout allowed Senator Thad Cochran to defeat Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed state senator, in last month’s Republican primary runoff in Mississippi. Mr. Cochran won by 7,667 votes. Nearly half — a net 3,532 votes — came from the most Democratic precincts in Jackson’s Hinds County, where President Obama won a combined 97.8 percent of the vote in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday night by the Mississippi secretary of state. The surge in turnout was clearest in overwhelmingly black precincts; turnout sometimes increased...
  • Subaru Recall Weakens GM Defense that Brake Line Rust is Maintenance Issue

    07/08/2014 9:29:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 8, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Subaru last week announced a second recall for vehicles which are prone to brake line corrosion in "salt belt" states. This latest recall follows a 2013 recall for the same issue, which can cause brake failure from burst brake lines due to rust. As Subaru does the right thing by consumers and motorists regarding the safety concern, General Motors continues to claim that brake line rust is a normal maintenance issue and refuses to recall its vehicles with the same problem. The Subaru recall weakens GM's defense that rusting brake lines do not need to be addressed by manufacturers...
  • GM to recall about 400,000 [more] pickups, SUVs for software fix [more than 20 million this year]

    06/28/2014 1:03:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tim Higgins
    Detroit: General Motors Co., which has recalled about 20 million cars and trucks in North America this year, added 428,111 more US vehicles to that tally, including its redesigned full-sized pickups and large sport-utility vehicles. GM said it needs to recalibrate software that controls the gears to fix the four-wheel drive on 392,459 pickups and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from 2014 and 2015 model years and the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. The effected models can switch into neutral on their own, the automaker said on Friday in an e-mailed statement. If this occurs while...
  • Dealers Ordered To Stop Selling Chevrolet Cruze For A Safety Defect

    06/25/2014 2:14:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6-25-2014 | Micheal Ballaban
  • Lawmakers want more from GM

    06/18/2014 9:14:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2014 | Keith Laing
    House lawmakers told General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday that they were not satisfied with her company’s own probe into the slow recall of defective, deadly vehicles. "I want to be clear today that our investigation does continue,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), said. Barra was returning to Capitol Hill for the first time since releasing an internal review that found GM had a pattern of " incompetence and neglect " that led to its failure to recall more than two million defective cars made from the mid-2000’s until earlier this year. GM fired 15 people...
  • G.M. Recalls 3.2 Million More Cars Over Ignitions

    06/16/2014 3:08:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16 2016 | AP
    <p>DETROIT — General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they're carrying too much weight.</p> <p>GM said in a statement Monday that the switches can rotate out of "run" if the key has excess weight and the car "experiences some jarring event," such as hitting a pothole or crossing a railroad track.</p>
  • G.M. Lawyers Hid Fatal Flaw, From Critics and One Another

    06/07/2014 10:44:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | Bill Vlasic
    DETROIT — To the legal department at General Motors, secrecy ruled. Employees were discouraged from taking notes in meetings. Workers’ emails were examined once a year for sensitive information that might be used against the company. G.M. lawyers even kept their knowledge of fatal accidents related to a defective ignition switch from their own boss, the company’s general counsel, Michael P. Millikin. An internal investigation released on Thursday into the company’s failure to recall millions of defective small cars found no evidence of a cover-up. But interviews with victims, their lawyers and current and former G.M. employees, as well as...
  • GM fires 15 in wake of "deeply troubling" recall report

    06/05/2014 8:36:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 5, 2014
    Video of press conference at source. General Motors has dismissed 15 employees and disciplined five others in the wake of an internal investigation into the company's handling of defective ignition switches, which lead to at least 13 fatalities. GM CEO Mary Barra says the personnel worked in several areas including engineering, legal and public policy, and that a disproportionate number of them were senior executives or higher. Barra described the conclusions of the investigation as “extremely thorough, brutally tough, and deeply troubling.” Barra says that the report found no conspiracy to cover up facts or trade-off between safety and cost,...
  • GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims' families

    06/04/2014 7:38:45 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/03/2014 | By Marilyn Thompson and Paul Lienert
    (Reuters) - General Motors on Tuesday apologized to families of accident victims who have been notified to bring in cars for replacement of defective ignition switches. "We are deeply sorry to those families who received a recall notice," said GM spokesman Greg Martin in response to questions from Reuters. GM has recalled 2.6 million of its most popular models to replace a defective switch that it has linked to 13 fatalities. Some families who lost loved ones in fatal crashes have complained that GM should not have sent them notices to bring in cars for repairs. Terri DiBattista, who lost...
  • GM faulty ignition crashes now 47

    05/24/2014 11:14:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 24, 2014 | CNNMoney Staff
    GM (GM, Fortune 500) has raised the number of frontal-impact crashes linked to the problem ignitions to 47 from 32, according to company spokesman Greg Martin. Because of the flawed ignition, key rings holding more than one key could cause the ignition to suddenly switch to the off position. That can lead to a loss of power -- locking the steering wheel and interrupting airbags from deploying in an accident. GM says the number of deaths tied to front impact crashes stemming from this defect remains at 13. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reportedly said the number...
  • GM to recall another 2.4 million vehicles

    05/20/2014 9:36:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 20, 2014 | By George Stahl
    As a result of the latest recalls, GM GM -1.83% expects to take $200 million more in recall-related charges in the second quarter, bringing the period’s total to $400 million. The latest recalled cars include: --1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers. --1,075,102 of the previous generation 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6. --1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs .
  • Following Latest Recall Shocker, GM Has Recalled 56% More Cars In 2014 Than It Sold In 2013

    05/20/2014 9:30:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/20/14 | tyler durden
    Over the weekend we titled our summary of GM's unprecedented avalanche of recalls so far in 2014 - the year in which the company's criminal practice of covering up its faulty products became a congressional scandal - as follows: "GM Set To Surpass Total Recall Record This Year." Three days later we are happy to report that while Detroit, we not only have a big recall problem, we also have a new record, after moments ago GM just announced another 4 recalls affecting 2.4 million cars. This brings the total number of vehicle investigations since the start of the year...
  • Inquiries at General Motors Are Said to Focus on Its Legal Unit

    05/17/2014 11:40:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 17, 2014 | Bill Vlasic
    DETROIT — As General Motors faces a number of continuing investigations into its handling of a vehicle safety defect linked to 13 deaths, its legal department has become a focus of a broad internal inquiry into how the company handled the issue, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. Even as G.M. acknowledged that it knew about the defect for more than a decade, it has insisted that work on the ignition problem was limited to a handful of midlevel employees. But a review of internal documents, emails and interviews paint a different picture, showing that high-ranking officials,...
  • iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Recall

    04/27/2014 6:30:53 PM PDT · by Blue Highway · 18 replies
    Apple.com ^ | 4/25/14 | Apple
    Apple has determined that the sleep/wake button mechanism on a small percentage of iPhone 5 models may stop working or work intermittently. iPhone 5 models manufactured through March 2013 may be affected by this issue. Apple will replace the sleep/wake button mechanism, free of charge, on iPhone 5 models that exhibit this issue and have a qualifying serial number. The sleep/wake button is located on the top of your iPhone 5:
  • Toyota recalls 6.5 MILLION cars because airbags may fail, steering columns might break

    04/09/2014 2:20:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/09/14
    Toyota is recalling more than 6.5milllion cars -including 35,000 in the UK - after it discovered a number of faults. The car manufacturer found in some models airbags can deactivate, seats may move and steering columns could break, the company said today. The models involved are the RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and the Urban Cruiser.
  • Minding the Minders of G.M.

    04/05/2014 11:15:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    There is a truism in Washington that was confirmed last week in Congress: Even less popular than government regulation is a regulator suspected of not doing its job. Not for the first time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — or N.H.T.S.A. (pronounced NITZ-ah) — was forced to answer for failing to protect consumers. In this case, the failure involved a defective General Motors ignition switch implicated in 13 deaths. While G.M.’s new chief executive, Mary T. Barra, took most of the heat in two days of House and Senate hearings last week, she shared the grill with the safety...
  • GM Attempted Ludicrous 'Fix' for Defective Ignitions in 2005

    04/03/2014 10:28:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mark Modica
    General Motors' CEO, Mary Barra, testified this week at government hearings on the deadly recall delay that contributed to at least 13 deaths of motorists driving GM vehicles with defective ignition switches. During that testimony Ms. Barra discussed one of GM's ridiculous early "solutions" for problems with ignitions turning to the off position as vehicles were being driven. GM engineers designed an insert to be placed in the keys' holes in an attempt to limit how much key chains dangled. This "fix" saved the company a few dollars in labor costs that would have been charged if they recalled...
  • LeDuff: Don't just blame GM, blame the politicians too

    04/02/2014 8:50:14 AM PDT · by RckyRaCoCo · 7 replies
    myfoxdetroit ^ | 04/01/2014 | Charlie LeDuff
    Government Motors. Remember that one? That's a huge, overlooked detail in this whole GM recall crisis - the federal government's oversight of a company they bought out of bankruptcy four years ago and, under their nose, that same company is hiding its deadly, dirty laundry. Charlie LeDuff caught up with California Democrat Henry Waxman, who was head of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at the time of that purchase.
  • Power Steering Recall Could Cost GM Over $1.5 Billion

    04/01/2014 9:39:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 1, 2014 | Mark Modica/Peter Flaherty
    Almost two weeks after NLPC first requested that General Motors recall vehicles with defective power steering components , the company has agreed to the recall and finally remove the dangerous vehicles from the roads. Over 1.3 million Saturn Ions and related vehicles are included in the recall, bringing the total amount of GM vehicles recalled over the past month or so to over 6 million. The total cost to GM for the recalls will be in the billions of dollars with the latest recall probably accounting for over $1.5 billion on its own. The costs to GM's reputation are...
  • Congress Must Ask Barra Why GM Hasn’t Recalled Saturn Ions with Power Steering Loss

    03/31/2014 8:32:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 31, 2014 | Mark Modica
    On Friday, General Motors expanded its recall of vehicles with an ignition switch defect, but Saturn Ions with a dangerous steering loss problem remain unrecalled, even though Chevy Cobalts and other models with the exact same defect were previously recalled. The two Congressional Committees holding hearings this week must directly ask GM CEO Mary Barra why these dangerous vehicles remain on the road. It has now been almost two weeks since we requested that Barra immediately order a recall of Saturn Ions (MY 2004 to 2007) with defective electric power steering systems. GM had previously recalled Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac...
  • An Engineer’s Eureka Moment With a G.M. Flaw

    03/30/2014 1:19:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bill Vlasic
    DETROIT — Somewhere inside the two-inch ignition switch from the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt was the clue that Mark Hood was seeking. Mr. Hood, an engineer in Florida, had photographed, X-rayed and disassembled the device in the fall of 2012, focusing on the tiny plastic and metal switch that controlled the ignition. But even after hours of testing, Mr. Hood was at a loss to explain why the engine in Brooke Melton’s Cobalt had suddenly shut off, causing her fatal accident in 2010 in Georgia. It was no small matter to her family, which had hired Mr. Hood for their lawsuit...
  • General Motors recalls Chevrolet Cruzes, trucks and SUVs

    03/29/2014 11:04:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2014
    (Reuters) - General Motors Co is recalling certain Chevrolet Cruze models for possible axle fractures, and more than 490,000 trucks and SUVs for potential transmission cooler line issues, the company said in a statement late on Friday. These latest recalls come as the head of the country's biggest automaker, Chief Executive Mary Barra, faces Congress next week regarding who is to blame for faulty ignition switches linked to crashes and at least 12 deaths. The GM Cruze recall targets the 2013 and 2014 1.4L turbo gasoline powered model to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture without...
  • GM Response to Recall Delay Victims Anything BUT Compassionate

    03/25/2014 9:05:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 25, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Merriam-Webster.com defines compassion as, "a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc." A Google search teaming the name Mary Barra with "compassionate" pulls up a host of articles fawning over General Motors' new CEO's handling of the company's botched recalls which seem to have cost at least 12 American lives. Contrary to the media's belief that GM is a compassionate entity working in the best interests of accident victims, the facts show that the response to defects in GM vehicles and subsequent recall delays has been anything BUT compassionate. The NY Times continued its...
  • GM Asked to Recall 382,000 Vehicles With Steering Loss Defect

    03/19/2014 11:09:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 19, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    This letter is being sent today to GM CEO Mary Barra: We ask that General Motors (the Company) recall Saturn Ions for the model years 2004 through 2007 without further delay. These automobiles endanger the lives and safety of their drivers and passengers due to a loss of power steering, a serious problem of which the Company has been aware for several years. According to a summary of an ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): ...GM indicated that the EPS (electric power steering) system used in the subject vehicles was the same as that used...
  • Questions Upton Committee MUST Ask GM About Recall Delay

    03/17/2014 1:00:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo
    NLPC ^ | March 16, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    The following letter was sent today to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: As your committee prepares for the upcoming House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the recent GM recall, I urge you to use every opportunity to examine what, if any, influence the U.S. government's ownership of GM has had on this troubling failure to address the dangerously flawed vehicles. In addition, we urge your committee to consider posing the following questions to panelists at your hearing: 1. In late 2009, GM sued supplier JTEKT North America for $30 million over faulty...
  • Fiat recalling more than 18,000 2014 Fiat 500Ls

    03/15/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
    Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working. […] According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cold temperatures can affect signals sent between the car’s main computer and the gear shifter. If that happens, the shifter may not shift out of park or the response may be delayed, increasing the risk of a crash. …
  • GM Recall Death Toll to Rise?; What Did Mary Barra Know and When Did She Know it?

    03/13/2014 10:35:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 13, 2014 | Marl Modica
    The New York Times hinted that the 11 year death toll for victims who drove defective General Motors' vehicles (that are just now being recalled) may rise from the current 12 confirmed fatalities. The Times reports, "Since 2003, GM has reported at least 78 deaths and 1,581 injuries involving the now-recalled cars, according to a review of agency records." It is not clear how many of the accidents involving one of the 1.6 million now-recalled vehicles were caused by the defect. The article does state that "the records mention potentially defective components" and "regulators appear to have overlooked disturbing...
  • G.M. Said to Face Criminal Inquiry on Safety Problems

    03/11/2014 4:35:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | 3-11-14 | BILL VLASIC and BEN PROTESS
    The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation into the decade-long failure by General Motors to address deadly safety problems in its some of its cars before announcing a massive recall last month, according to a person briefed on the matter. The preliminary inquiry by federal prosecutors in New York is expected to center on whether G.M., the nation’s largest automaker, failed to comply with laws requiring timely disclosure of vehicle defects. The probe is the latest in a widening series of investigations of G.M.'s handling of faulty ignition switches in its Chevrolet Cobalt sedan and other cars that the...
  • Former NHTSA Head Criticizes GM for Deadly Recall Delay

    03/04/2014 9:32:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Joan Claybrook, has weighed in on the deadly delay by General Motors on a recall for a defect that is alleged to have resulted in 13 deaths and 33 accidents. Ms. Claybrook appeared on the Cavuto Show on Fox Business where she blasted both GM and NHTSA for waiting 10 years to recall the defective models and went as far as saying that there should be criminal charges brought against GM by the Justice Department. Congress was questioned for its response (or lack thereof) as Cavuto started the segment by...
  • In General Motors Recalls, Inaction and Trail of Fatal Crashes

    03/03/2014 9:47:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2014 | Christopher Jensen
    For Laura Christian, July 29, 2005, was the worst kind of anniversary. One year earlier, Ms. Christian had been reunited with Amber Marie Rose, the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. But Ms. Christian did not get to call her daughter a year later. In the predawn hours that day, Amber, 16, died after her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed and the air bag failed to deploy. Now, nearly nine years later, Ms. Christian knows that the air bag’s failure was the result of a defective car part. General Motors has recalled nearly 1.4 million cars in the United...
  • Did NHTSA Drag Its Feet on GM's Deadly Recall Delay?

    02/27/2014 10:16:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 27, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation into General Motors' response to an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths, prompting a recall of 1.6 million vehicles. As I have previously reported, the ignition-switch problem has been known for years. What took NHTSA so long? NHTSA is an executive branch agency, part of the Transportation Department. According to its website, NHTSA "is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily [emphasis added] to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial." Five...
  • General Motors expands “igniton recall,” cites 13 deaths

    02/25/2014 9:03:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    fox ^ | updated on: 08:06pm, February 25, 2014
    The recall now affects 1.37 million vehicles built between 2003 and 2007. In addition to 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5 cars recalled earlier this month, GM is also recalling Saturn Ions, Chevrolet HHRs, Pontiac Solstices and Saturn Sky models for the same issue. GM says the ignition on the vehicles recalled can accidentally switch out of the “Run” position while the car is being driven. When that happens, the car’s engine shuts off, rendering power brakes, power steering and airbags not operational. Originally, GM said there had been six fatalities among front-seat passengers as a result of this problem....
  • Evidence Mounts that GM Delayed Recall with Deadly Results

    02/21/2014 2:58:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 21, 2014 | Mark Modica
    New evidence is surfacing that General Motors has known for years about the deadly defects in its vehicles ( as I suggested here last week) that are just now being recalled. The defects have led to the deaths of at least six people and are the basis of an ongoing lawsuit against GM. The deadly recall delay by GM has garnered the attention of Mainstream Media as usually GM-friendly sources like USA Today, The New York Times, CNN Money and even CBS Evening News have rightfully decided that the accusations of deplorable behavior by GM deserve to be shared...
  • Hot Pockets recalled on meat 'unfit' for humans

    02/19/2014 6:14:32 PM PST · by bgill · 58 replies
    cnbc via yahoo ^ | Feb. 19, 2014 | Katie Little
    Nestlé (Swiss Exchange: NESN-CH) announced Tuesday that it was voluntarily recalling two of the snack products following a widespread meat recall. The move affects its Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets in three sizes and its Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese flavor in the two-pack box. In total, about 238,000 cases of Hot Pockets were recalled, NBC News reported.