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UPDATE: 11/5/14, 6:25 p.m.

A federal judge set a January 2016 court date for a group of accident victims in Manhattan.

UPDATE: 11/5/14, 5:14 p.m.

GM has filed a request for federal bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber to bar lawsuits seeking $10 billion in dimished value for the millions of cars the automaker recalled in 2014.

UPDATE: 6/17/14, 10:30 a.m.

On Monday June 16, 2014, GM announced that it would be recalling an additional 3.16 million vehicles due to continuing concerns about ignition switches.


UPDATE: 5/20/2014, 5:21 p.m.

GM faces $35 million fine for concealing evidence of ignition switch defects; the company is facing 20 class action lawsuits.


UPDATE: 5/20/2014, 3:51 p.m.

General Motors facing 79 lawsuits from customers seeking loss of value from recalled vehicles..


UPDATE: 5/16/2014, 3:24 p.m.

Federal investigators slap GM with $35 million fine after determining the company failed to take action on ignition switch issues over a decade ago.


UPDATE: 5/16/2014, 1:21 p.m.

GM recalls an additional 2.7 million Corvettes, Malibu sedans, Silverado pickup trucks and millions of other cars. The company has now recalled more than 11 million vehicles in 2014 alone and has been ordered to pay a record $35 million in penalties related to delays in reporting ignition switch flaws.


UPDATE: 5/12/2014, 4:46 p.m.

GM ignition switch wrongful death lawsuit refiled amid allegations of fraud, according to a Bloomberg report.


UPDATE: 4/22/2014, 2:42 p.m.

A California lawsuit against General Motors Co. over the ignition switch defect (which is linked to 13 deaths) has been put on hold. According to Bloomberg, a federal judge put the suit on hold until a New York bankruptcy court can rule on whether some claims for compensation may be brought; a determination is necessary as these claims may be in violation of a court order related to GM’s reorganization in 2009.


UPDATE: 4/17/2014, 3:42 p.m.

GM not required to issue a “park-it” notice to owners of recalled vehicles until the ignition switch problem is fixed, a federal judge ruled.

Read the full story here.


UPDATE: 4/16/2014, 2:42 p.m.

General Motors rejected an alternative ignition switch for cost reasons, according to a letter sent to GM’s CEO Mary Barra today by Joan Claybrook, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. GM designed the alternative switch in 2001 to be used in the Saturn Ion.

“General Motors picked a smaller and cheaper ignition switch that cost consumers their lives,” Claybrook and Ditlow said. “Who inside GM made these decisions and at what level?”


UPDATE: 4/9/2014, 10:14 a.m.

GM now faces fines of $7,000 per day beyond the April 3 deadline to submit answers to 107 questions posed by the NHTSA. The agency did not feel GM provided adequate information on its slow recall of cars with faulty ignition switches.


UPDATE: 4/7/2014, 9:05 a.m.

New ignition switches are available beginning today for drivers of recalled General Motors vehicles. Any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac dealer will be able to replace the defective ignition switch in recalled vehicles free of charge. Because of an expected high demand for replacement parts, drivers should make an appointment with their local dealership. Repairs should take approximately 30 minutes. GM states that recalled vehicles should be safe to drive as long as there are no heavy key rings or objects attached to the ignition key.


UPDATE: 4/4/2014, 10:00 a.m.

General Motors has responded to last month’s demand for answers to 107 questions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The questions sought answers regarding GM’s knowledge of defective ignition switches which were the cause of a recall of 1.6 million GM vehicles. GM filed a sworn response today totaling more than 200,000 pages. It is not known when the information in these documents will become available for public review.  


UPDATE: 4/2/2014, 5:45 p.m.


UPDATE: 4/2/2014, 1:25 p.m.

The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee called Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, and David Friedman, acting director of the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration in front of representatives this week to discuss the events leading up to the nationwide recall of 1.6 million GM vehicles. Both directors gave testimony regarding their agency’s actions, as well as their proposed future actions. Ms. Barra apologized for GM’s lack of response to the problems with the faulty ignition switches, and promised that GM was taking preventative measures to ensure that such a safety lapse does not happen again.


UPDATE: 3/31/2014, 6:10 p.m.

A new recall is in effect for 1.3 million General Motors vehicles. This recall is not related to the faulty ignition switches which caused previous GM recalls. The vehicles listed below are being recalled because of the possibility of a sudden loss of power steering:

  • Chevrolet Malibu: All from model year 2004 and 2005, and some from model year 2006, 2008 and 2009.
  • Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some from 2006.
  • Chevrolet HHR: Some non-turbocharged models from 2009 and 2010.
  • Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles.
  • Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.
  • Saturn Ion: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles.
  • Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006, 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

UPDATE: 3/28/2014, 8:45 p.m.

UPDATE: 3/21/2014, 2:50 p.m.


General Motors’ new CEO, Mary Barra, will be testifying in front of the House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee on April 1, 2014. Ms. Barra will face questioning regarding GM’s knowledge of the defect in the ignition switches of millions of GM vehicles, as well as GM’s failure to issue a timely recall to repair the defective part.  David Friedman, the acting director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will also be questioned by members of Congress about his agency’s failure to rapidly investigate the defective switches after problems developed several years ago.   

The committee has ordered both the NHTSA and GM to provide extensive documentation regarding their knowledge of the faulty ignition switches. Both agencies have promised to cooperate fully with the investigation.


UPDATE: 3/21/2014, 5:50 p.m.

General Motors announced Tuesday that Jeff Boyer was named the new Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety.  Mr. Boyer, an executive with over 40 years of experience at GM, faces the task of consolidating GM’s safety processes. As a result of recent recalls, Mr. Boyer will be in charge of quickly resolving consumer safety issues as well as issuing any necessary recalls.


UPDATE: 3/18/2014, 8:45 a.m.

1.5 million GM vehicles are the subject of three new recalls this week. On March 17, GM recalled the following vehicles:

  • Chevrolet Express vans
  • GMC Savana vans
  • Buick Enclaves
  • GMC Acadias
  • Chevrolet Traverse vehicles
  • Saturn Outlooks
  • Cadillac XTS luxury sedans

This recall is not related to the faulty ignition switches found in the Chevrolet HHR, the Pontiac Solstice, the Saturn Ion and the Saturn Sky.


UPDATE: 3/16/2014, 1:37 p.m.

An attorney in Texas seeking $6 to $10 billion dollars in federal court on behalf of all General Motors vehicle owners. The potential class-action suit is not meant to compensate the victims of accidents caused by defective ignition switches.  According to the lawsuits, GM vehicles have now decreased in value as a result of a lack of consumer confidence in the vehicles’ safety. As a result, the lawsuit wants GM to pay to make up the difference in value to the cars.


UPDATE: 3/13/2014, 9:08 a.m.

General Motors produced new information this week in response to requests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The documents produced indicate that the company may have known about the defect in the ignition switches as far back as 2001. For example, service technician reports from 2003 indicated that using heavy key rings could cause the engine in the recalled vehicles to turn off.

As a result of this information, GM began an internal probe into the company’s actions. Outside attorneys were hired to conduct the investigation, and are expected to produce a full report after several months of review.


UPDATE: 3/6/2014, 3:15 p.m.

General Motors has been ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide sworn answers to 107 questions regarding the recent recall of GM vehicles. The NHTSA’s questions focus on GM’s knowledge of the ignition switch defects which caused the recall of millions of GM vehicles.  GM must answer all of these questions by April 3, 2014.


UPDATE: 2/26/2014, 2:46 p.m.

General Motors has expanded the list of recalled vehicles to include the Chevrolet HHR, the Pontiac Solstice, the Saturn Ion and the Saturn Sky. These vehicles were also found to contain a defective ignition switch, and bring the total of recalled GM vehicles to 1.6 million worldwide.


UPDATE: 2/19/2014, 1:35 p.m.

Allegations have surfaced that General Motors was aware of the defect in several vehicles’ ignition switch as early as 2004.  Service bulletins which GM sent to dealers in 2005 and 2006 suggest that the company knew that a vehicle’s engine could be turned off and its airbags disabled if the car’s ignition switch were jostled or its key ring was too heavy. Several lawsuits have been filed alleging that GM’s failure to warn consumers of the defect was the direct cause of multiple accidents, injuries, and deaths.  


UPDATE: 2/19/2014, 9:28 a.m.

An article in the New York Times suggests that General Motors’ recent recall affecting Pontiac G5 and Chevy Cobalt vehicles may not include all vehicles with a defective ignition switch. Other vehicles believed to contain the same faulty switch include:  

  • 2007-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2007 Saturn Sky

These additional makes and models include 643,000 vehicles currently on the road. Owners of these models should look for future recalls affecting their vehicles.


2/14/2014: General Motors Issues Recall of Vehicles

General Motors has issued a recall for over 700,000 vehicles. The two vehicles being recalled are the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and the 2007 Pontiac G5.

GM engineers determined that a flaw in the ignition switch can cause the vehicle’s engine to slip out of position and turn off, causing important safety features like the airbags or brakes to fail in an accident. This usually happens after the ignition switch is bumped or jarred, or by excessive weight on the ignition key ring. GM has reported that six people were killed in five crashes where the vehicles’ airbags did not, and multiple others were injured in 17 other non-fatal accidents.

GM dealers will replace all ignition switches in the affected vehicles as soon as parts are available. Drivers should be sure to remove any unnecessary items from the key ring until the repair is made. 

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