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General Motors is expanding its ignition switch recall to add 824,000 cars sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2011, the company said Friday.
Until today the recall included the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky through model year 2007. Now the company is including all model years of those vehicles because faulty switches could have been installed as a repair after owners purchased one of the newer models.
About 95,000 faulty switches were sold to dealers and wholesalers and about 90,000 of those were used to make repairs, the company said.
The new recall adds to the 1.4 million vehicles already recalled in the United States.
In affected vehicles, the ignition can switch the car off while it is running, disabling the power steering and air bags. At least 12 deaths have been attributed to the issue. Although GM has recalled the vehicles, it has said they are still safe to drive if owners remove any extra weight from key rings.

"Trying to locate several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million vehicles and distributed to thousands of retailers isn't practical," said CEO Mary Barra in statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the rest of the model years," she said.
GM has been criticized for how it has handled the recall because it has admitted that some employees were aware of problems with the ignition switch in small cars at least as early as 2004. Barra will testify before a U.S. congressional subcommittee on April 1 as part of an investigation into the automaker's handling of the flawed ignition switch.
Owners who may have had a suspect part installed in their cars will receive a letter the week of April 21, according to the company. GM (GM, Fortune 500) dealers will replace the ignition switch for free and customers who had paid to have the switch replaced previously will be eligible for a reimbursement.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission urges impacted drivers to have their vehicles repaired promptly after receiving the notification from GM. In the meantime, the group advises them to follow GM's recommendation to use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring when driving the vehicle.
 

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GM recalls 1.3 million cars for power steering defect already fixed once

A day before General Motors executives testify to Congress about the botched recall of 2.6 million cars that left at least 13 people dead, the automaker revealed yet another recall, this time for 1.3 million cars with faulty power steering units.

While the problem as described by GM has not been linked to any deaths, it has been the target of a previous recall — along with a three-year federal investigation into why GM recalled only some of the cars built with the defective part.

This step comes on the same day that GM chief executive Mary Barra told lawmakers that the automaker didn't know why it left bad ignition switches in its vehicles for more than a decade. And GM now says its rash of recent recalls will cost at least $750 million this quarter.

"I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that program, but I can tell you that we will find out," Barra says in her prepared testimony for Tuesday's hearing with a U.S. House subcommittee. "When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators, and with our customers."

The new recall covers the following models:

• Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
• Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year
• Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles
• 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 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

All of those cars use an electrically boosted power steering system that can fail with little or no warning; the steering still works but requires far more effort. In March 2010, GM recalled 1 million Cobalts and Pontiac G5s to replace a motor — but did not call back Saturn Ions built with the same part.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration later said it had 846 complaints of power-steering loss in 2004-07 Saturn Ions, and opened a defect probe in 2011; although it demonstrated the same problem in a test Ion, the probe was never resolved. GM now says it will replace the motor and perhaps several other parts under the recall, and reimburse customers who had the defects repaired on their own dime. For an additional 405,000 Chevy HHRs and Saturn Ions, GM will offer a lifetime warranty on the steering parts.

The new recall will surely come up at Tuesday's hearing, where the interim NHTSA chief will say the agency was misled by GM during the years before last month's ignition recall. In both 2007 and 2010, NHTSA examined reports of Chevy Cobalt air bags failing to deploy in crashes and noted that the keys were in the "accessory" position — but believed that the air bags would still work if the car had just been shut off.

The agency now says GM didn't reveal that the air bags would be shut off when the switches accidentally moved to accessory until the February recall.

"Had the information newly provided to NHTSA by GM been available before now, it would have better informed the agency’s prior reviews of airbag non-deployment in GM vehicles and likely would have changed NHTSA’s approach to this issue," said interim chief David Friedman.

The House hearing on Tuesday will be followed by a Senate committee probe on Wednesday.
 

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They were broadcasting the hearings live. Barra did very well imho - stayed calm and knew her "lines". The Congressmen were...scoring political points. One asked, who signed off on the original design, and is he "still working for GM"? Nice...real nice. Did they ask the same question after the Challenger? I'm sure the engineerS (since even something as small as an ignition switch is not done by one person) didn't put the device out there knowing it was defective. The real question here is when did GM know they had a widespread problem and why didn't they act aggressively.

I once spoke to a well known auto journalist about cars, new and old. His comment - "I'm surprised (current, then 1999) cars work at all, they are so complex."
 

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GM Recalls Another 2.4M Cars, Doubles 2Q Charge

General Motors (GM) disclosed four new recalls covering 2.42 million vehicles in the U.S., as the nation’s largest automaker continues to resolve safety reviews.

GM said Tuesday it plans to take a $400 million charge in the second quarter to cover costs tied to repairs. The company expected to book a $200 million write-down after recalling 2.7 million cars and trucks last week.

The nation’s largest automaker has come under pressure for a years-long delay in fixing defective ignition switches used in 2.6 million cars worldwide. According to a timeline provided by the company, some GM engineers were aware of a possible defect as early as 2001. The issue has since been connected to 13 deaths.

On Friday, GM agreed to pay the maximum $35 million fine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, admitting it failed to initiate an ignition-switch recall within the amount of time required by law. GM has said an internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas may be completed by June.

GM recalled the vehicles with faulty ignition switches earlier this year. It recently began asking owners to schedule service appointments.

Following the ignition-switch recall, GM promised to hasten pending safety reviews. The company said it has added 35 product investigators so far this year.

The latest recalls include a seatbelt issue affecting 1.34 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia sport-utility vehicles from model-years 2009 to 2014, as well as the 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook.

About 1.07 million 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 cars are being recalled because their transmission shift cables may wear out over time, GM said.

The third recall covers 1,402 Cadillac Escalade SUVs, and the smallest of the bunch includes 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups, all from model-year 2015.

In the Escalade recall, GM told dealers to stop selling the SUVs and notified owners to not let occupants sit in the front passenger seat until their vehicles are serviced. GM said the infrared weld that adheres the passenger airbags to the back of the instrument panel was not sufficiently heated.

No fatalities have been reported in connection with the four recalls.
 

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General Motors is expanding its ignition switch recall to add 824,000 cars sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2011, the company said Friday.
Until today the recall included the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky through model year 2007. Now the company is including all model years of those vehicles because faulty switches could have been installed as a repair after owners purchased one of the newer models.
About 95,000 faulty switches were sold to dealers and wholesalers and about 90,000 of those were used to make repairs, the company said.
That is a > 10% rate of ignition switch failure, and that means the good (not recalled) switch failed.

That doesn't have to do with the recall, but make you go wat anyway.
 

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good reason why I don't buy 'murican!!
I don't mind that they were sloppy, or that they were willing to kill people over $1 items. That is ... normal I guess?

I think the bigger story here is the internal corruption. How much people there could do this on their own, how much other people covered for them. How easy it was to sneak in a degraded newly designed part under the same part number. That sort of thing.
 

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I don't mind that they were sloppy, or that they were willing to kill people over $1 items. That is ... normal I guess?

I think the bigger story here is the internal corruption. How much people there could do this on their own, how much other people covered for them. How easy it was to sneak in a degraded newly designed part under the same part number. That sort of thing.
its just that they seem to be built to a price point and not a quality goal….just sad…Mercedes seems more goal driven to me…not perfect but certainly better...
 

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its just that they seem to be built to a price point and not a quality goal….just sad…Mercedes seems more goal driven to me…not perfect but certainly better...
But they are not. Internal corruption prevents a company to maximize profit by lowering cost.
 
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