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Jun 9, 2014
Jun 7, 2014

GM sets 4 more recalls

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co on Friday announced four more recalls covering 105,688 cars and trucks globally, raising the number of recalls to 34 including the high-profile for defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

GM’s 34 recalls so far this year cover almost 13.9 million vehicles in the United States, including the 2.6 million older cars with the defective ignition switch. Globally, GM has recalled about 15.9 million vehicles. Almost 90,000 of the vehicles recalled on Friday were sold in the United States.

Jun 6, 2014
Jun 6, 2014

GM dismissed vice president, two directors in recall probe -sources

DETROIT, June 5 (Reuters) – General Motors Co
dismissed several high-ranking executives, including at least
one vice president and two directors, for their roles in the
still-unfolding drama over deadly ignition switches in older GM
cars, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Michael Robinson, vice president for environmental,
sustainability and regulatory affairs; Gay Kent, general
director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness; and M. Carmen
Benavides, recently reassigned as director of product
investigations and safety regulations, were among 15 employees
dismissed from GM, according to the sources.

Jun 6, 2014

GM top executives spared in internal report on safety failure

By Ben Klayman

WARREN Mich. (Reuters) – General Motors Co on Thursday issued a report detailing how for 11 years it turned a blind eye to an ignition-switch problem linked to at least 13 deaths but largely pinned the blame on what the report described as incompetent lower-level employees, leaving top brass untouched.

The report, which will be the subject of upcoming congressional hearings, describes shortcomings of GM engineers, including a failure to understand “how the car was built.” Meanwhile, according to the 325-page report, the highest levels of the company were not made aware.

Jun 5, 2014

GM probe cites ‘incompetence, neglect’ in recall scandal

By Ben Klayman

WARREN Mich. (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) suffered from “incompetence and neglect” in dealing with a long-running ignition-switch defect in vehicles linked to at least 13 deaths, CEO Mary Barra said on Thursday, as she announced the creation of a fund to compensate victims.

Barra said 15 employees found to have “acted inappropriately” have been fired. She did not name individuals.

Jun 5, 2014

GM recall probe finds no cover-up, clears top executives -source

By Ben Klayman

WARREN Mich. (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has found senior executives were not to blame for a delayed vehicle recall involving defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

The report by the automaker on its internal probe also concludes that there was no concerted cover-up of the faulty parts and instead points to cultural failings at the company, according to the source, who is familiar with the contents of the report.

Jun 3, 2014

Tesla expands search for U.S. battery factory: CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is now looking at three sites, instead of two, to begin construction for its lithium-ion battery plant in the United States, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday.

The leading U.S. electric car maker expects to trim from five the number of states from which it is choosing to build its battery plant, dubbed the “gigafactory,” but a decision on the final site will not come before year end.

Jun 3, 2014
Jun 3, 2014

U.S. autos sales tick up in May

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co, Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor Co on Tuesday reported higher-than-expected U.S. new car sales in May, with consumer demand continuing to gather strength as temperatures rise across the country.

GM and Chrysler said May sales were the best in seven years, and Nissan set a sales record for the month.

    • About Ben

      "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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      1998
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