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Jun 11, 2014
Jun 11, 2014

GM may be driving past ignition switch crisis

By Ben Klayman and Jessica Dye

(Reuters) – For signs that General Motors Co’s ignition switch crisis may be fading, look no farther than the quiet annual meeting this week.

A total of 29 shareholders attended, and not one asked about the defect linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million cars. The only acknowledgement of the crisis inside the meeting was from shareholders who complimented CEO Mary Barra. Outside, a handful of protesters were outnumbered by media.

Jun 10, 2014

GM plans no more dismissals linked to switch recall -CEO

DETROIT, June 10 (Reuters) – General Motors Co does
not plan more employee dismissals relating to the company’s
handling of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13
deaths, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Tuesday.

“We feel we’ve taken the appropriate actions as it relates
to the ignition switch recall,” Barra told reporters ahead of an
annual shareholders meeting, when asked whether GM would dismiss
or discipline any more staff for the company’s poor handling of
the faulty part.

Jun 10, 2014

No more dismissals planned relating to GM switch recall, Barra says

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Tuesday that no more employee dismissals were planned relating to the company’s handling of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.

“We feel we’ve taken the appropriate actions as it relates to the ignition switch recall,” Barra told reporters ahead of an annual shareholders meeting, when asked whether GM would dismiss or discipline any more staff for the company’s poor handling of the faulty part.

Jun 9, 2014
Jun 9, 2014

Two GM lawyers, quality control exec among those pushed out over switch

DETROIT, June 9 (Reuters) – Two product litigation attorneys
and a quality control executive are among the 15 employees who
have been forced out by General Motors Co over the
company’s poor handling of a defective ignition switch linked to
at least 13 deaths, according to two people familiar with the
decisions.

Attorneys Jaclyn Palmer and Ronald Porter, who had settled
several of the cases involving Chevrolet Cobalt cars involved in
accidents where the air bags did not deploy, are no longer at
GM, said the sources, who asked not to be identified discussing
names the company has not public disclosed. Director of Field
Performance Evaluation Maureen Foley-Gardner, also was pushed
out.

Jun 9, 2014
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
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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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