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Mar 5, 2014
Mar 5, 2014

GM questioning employees in ignition-switch recall probe: sources

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is moving to learn more internally about its handling of the recall of ignition switches linked to 13 deaths, including questioning employees involved in the process from the start, according to two people familiar with the situation.

A team of attorneys investigating the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s recall of more than 1.6 million vehicles were interviewing employees on Wednesday, trying to learn exactly how the company handled the issue when it was first discovered in 2004, said the people, who asked not to be identified.

Mar 4, 2014

GM CEO said ignition-switch recall will take time to play out

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Mary Barra said the No. 1 U.S. automaker was sorry for the recent recall of an ignition-switch linked to 13 deaths, and said the process would take time to play out but the company would work to ensure customer satisfaction.

In a letter to employees on Tuesday, Barra, who took over in January as the automotive industry’s first female chief executive, said the recall would “take time to play out” and GM would cooperate with all the parties involved. She said customer safety and satisfaction would be at the heart of every decision made.

Mar 3, 2014

U.S. auto sales flat, incentives could hit profit

DETROIT, March 3 (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales in February
finished even with the year-earlier period as hefty incentives
to lure customers into dealerships late in the month could not
overcome cold and snowy weather.

February’s sales fell less than 300 vehicles from last
year’s 1,193,872 light cars and trucks. While General Motors Co
, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler Group all reported
stronger-than-expected sales, the higher incentives raised
concerns about industry profitability in the future.

Mar 3, 2014

Nissan U.S. sales up 16 percent, above expected industry showing

DETROIT (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday that its U.S. February sales rose 16 percent, which is expected to easily top the estimated gain of less than 1 percent for the auto industry.

Continued cold weather in the month probably kept many car shoppers away from dealers, analysts said. A poll of 34 analysts by Thomson Reuters showed expectations of a 0.3 percent increase over February sales last year.

Feb 27, 2014

US safety regulators probe GM recall linked to 13 deaths

DETROIT, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators have
opened an investigation into whether General Motors Co
reacted fast enough in its recall of more than 1.6 million cars
over an ignition-switch defect linked to 13 deaths in crashes.

The issue could prove costly to GM as the automaker faces a
potential fine from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the cost of replacing the ignition switches in
question and the possibility of costly lawsuits.

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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