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Sep 16, 2014

U.S. safety chief raps GM’s ‘flawed’ culture on recalls

By Marilyn W. Thompson and Paul Lienert

(Reuters) – The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized General Motors Co for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a “new normal” for safety recalls.

In his most pointed comments to date about GM’s lapses, David Friedman, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the automaker put its own reputation ahead of the safety of its customers.

Sep 15, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. safety chief raps GM’s ‘flawed’ culture on recalls

By Marilyn W. Thompson and Paul Lienert

(Reuters) – The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a “new normal” for safety recalls.

In his most pointed comments to date about GM’s lapses, David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the automaker put its own reputation ahead of the safety of its customers.

Jun 21, 2014

GM board warned of serious problems by quality manager in 2002

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company’s board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers’ hands.”

The letter from William McAleer shows that GM’s directors and top management were told about serious safety defects in vehicles that were coming off the company’s production lines more than 11 years before GM recalled millions of vehicles for faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The contents have not been previously published.

Jun 21, 2014

Exclusive: GM board warned of serious problems by quality manager in 2002

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company’s board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers’ hands.”

The letter from William McAleer shows that GM’s directors and top management were told about serious safety defects in vehicles that were coming off the company’s production lines more than 11 years before GM recalled millions of vehicles for faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The contents have not been previously published.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. ignition-switch investigation extended to Chrysler

DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Problems with vehicle ignition switches have drawn U.S. safety regulators to investigate a second Detroit automaker, Chrysler Group, even as General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Mary Barra was providing U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday with more details on GM’s ongoing switch issues.

Chrysler is the subject of two investigations involving possible nondeployment of air bags because of potentially defective switches that can be turned off in more than 1.2 million older Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler models, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No deaths or injuries have been reported, NHTSA said.

Jun 6, 2014

GM internal probe details years of missteps on deadly switch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 325-page report on General Motors Co’s mishandling of a deadly ignition switch details missteps by employees and officials over 11 years – from lawyers who failed to heed warnings the company could be liable for punitive damages to a product safety team that tried to replicate driver complaints by driving in a company parking lot.

The long-awaited report, released Thursday morning, was prepared by Anton Valukas, chairman of GM’s outside counsel Jenner & Block, who was retained by GM Chief Executive Mary Barra and the GM board of directors to conduct a wide-ranging internal investigation that reached all the way to Barra’s office.

Jun 4, 2014

Exclusive: GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims’ families

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 (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) spokesman Greg Martin in response to questions from Reuters.

Jun 3, 2014

GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims’ families

June 3 (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.

May 7, 2014

Exclusive: Congressional probe looks at Barra’s, GM executives’ links to switch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional investigators are examining whether General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra and other senior executives were more involved than they have publicly acknowledged as the automaker considered how to deal with a deadly ignition switch issue linked to at least 13 deaths, three sources familiar with the probe say.

The investigators also are examining whether executives acted fast enough, once they learned of the problem, said the congressional sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Apr 22, 2014

Top GM engineer to leave in post-recall reorganization

DETROIT/WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) – General Motors’ top
engineering executive, a longtime colleague and key lieutenant
of Chief Executive Mary Barra, is retiring in the automaker’s
highest profile executive change since the massive recall of
vehicles with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13
deaths.

John Calabrese has worked with Barra in various roles over
the past 15 years and has been GM vice president of global
engineering for the last three years.