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News about the GM ignition switch recall and other possible auto parts recalls that may impact you.

Turning The Key: Are GM Ignition Lawsuits Reigniting?

There have been a lot of defective auto parts recalls lately. In fact, there have been so many that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to force carmakers to reveal information vital to recalls sooner. Such an effort could save lives, but it has taken a long time to get to this point, and some victims of previous recalls are still suffering. Unfortunately, the pursuit of justice for some of these victims has only just begun. Turning The Key: Are GM Ignition Lawsuits Reigniting? The GM ignition switch recall only started in 2014, but evidence of the defect has existed since 2005. That’s when technical service bulletins started warning dealerships about the problem. Yet the company didn’t notify the NHTSA or the public. Three years later the economic recession hit, and GM was forced into bankruptcy. A new group of executives took over the automaker, and they rolled…
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Could Auto Manufacturers Be Forced To Reveal Defects Sooner?

Back in 2005, a technical service bulletin (TSB) was sent to GM dealerships all over the world. It warned that the ignition switches in GM cars could cause a “moving stall,” which could shut down a vehicle’s power steering, power brakes and airbags, but this information wasn’t shared with the public. Two years later, a GM vehicle was involved in a deadly crash in which the car’s airbag did not deploy. Investigators soon realized that the ignition switch was involved, and a national recall was started, but could this problem have been taken care of two years earlier? Could Auto Manufacturers Be Forced To Reveal Defects Sooner? Officials at the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have been trying to get car manufacturers to release their TSBs and other vehicle defect bulletins to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for years. These bulletins have always gone to dealerships and automotive techs who…
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How Many Vehicles Has GM Recalled?

With over two months left in 2014, General Motors (GM) has already recalled close to 30 million vehicles worldwide, according to CNN Money. Due to the massive amount of vehicles involved, GM has had to resort to unusual methods to announce its recalls, including sending out Facebook messages, according to WBTW-TV. In addition to sending Facebook messages to owners of the cars involved in its recalls, GM has sent owners the usual form letter, made phone calls to the owners and even sent out a personal letter written by its CEO, Mary Barra, alerting owners about the recall. “In some cases we’ve gone to the owners’ home and gotten the vehicle, gave them a loaner, and are working to fix it,” said Barra. The majority of the recalls are linked to an issue involving the vehicles’ ignition switches. If left unchecked, the ignition switch defect can lead to the switches…
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GM Issues Six Additional Recalls, Including 8.4 Million Cars

Adding yet another chapter to the ever-evolving saga, CNBC recently reported that GM issued six new recalls, which cover 7.6 million cars stateside and 8.4 million worldwide. The recalls include GM vehicles from 1997-2014. This latest set of recalls comes on the heels of GM CEO Mary Barra alluding to just this very occurrence while speaking with NBC: “We’re going to continue to look at the data that we get, and we’re going to take the action that we need,” Barra told NBC. “If we find an issue, we’re going to deal with it.” The GM models that highlighted the recall announcement included the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS and 2005-2007 Chevrolet Blazer. The CTS and Malibu were recalled for “unintended ignition key rotation” and the Blazer for “possible electrical short in the driver’s door module that could disable the power door lock and window switches and, in rare…
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There Are Still Unanswered Questions In The GM Recall Crisis

According to Forbes.com, General Motors (GM) managed to weather its first quarter recall crisis by posting a slim profit on April 24. The company earned $125 million, despite $1.3 billion in expenses to pay for recalling nearly 2.6 million vehicles worldwide. The results were an 86 percent decline from its year-ago performance, but avoided GM’s first quarterly loss since 2009. GM’s CEO Mary Barra held her first investor conference call since Congressional hearings were held about the GM recall crisis, and her second since becoming CEO on January 5. Barra spent a good deal of time during the conference discussing GM’s response to the recall crisis. However, there are still unanswered questions surrounding the GM recall situation, such as: 1. Will GM offer compensation to victims? GM has retained legal counsel to try to keep from paying  restitution. If you are a victim of one of their defective models, consult…
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