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GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The attorney overseeing GM's compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.   

GM Recalls Another 474K Vehicles

June 30, 2014 8:27 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems, announcing three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle.                 

Analysts Expect Slower June Sales For GM

June 27, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.                

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GM Recalls Nearly 29K Chevy Cruze Compacts

June 27, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because metal parts in the air bag assemblies can hit the driver and passengers if the bags are inflated.             

Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions Of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 7:51 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                     

GM Could Face Another Fine For Impala Recall

June 20, 2014 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

An old e-mail from a General Motors employee warning of a "serious safety problem" could help trigger another government fine against the automaker.                    

Kraft Foods Recalls 260 Cases Of Velveeta

June 20, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

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GM Employee Warned Of Stalling In Impalas In 2005

June 19, 2014 8:26 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In an e-mail to 11 GM colleagues on Aug. 30, 2005, GM employee Laura Andres wrote: "I think this is a serious safety problem ... I'm thinking big recall."                  

Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.                

Consumers Aren't Shying Away From GM

June 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM has retained buyers' confidence by appearing to act quickly on safety matters — even though GM's internal investigation into the small-car switch recall showed that employees took years to realize they had a safety problem on their hands.    

4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. Of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.               

How Will GM Fix Its Corporate Culture?

June 17, 2014 8:06 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.              

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GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 7:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to one that led to an earlier massive recall of small cars, and is linked to 13 deaths.             

Chia Powder Linked To Salmonella

June 13, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those who seek to make food healthier by adding chia powder should avoid several recalled brands that are linked to salmonella illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.             

GM Recalls Camaros For Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

GM is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years. A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                 

Company Recalls 4K Pounds Of Beef Over Mad Cow Fear

June 12, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.         

Mitsubishi Motors To Recall 700K Cars

June 12, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 703,888 cars for free repairs to fix a problem related to light switches.                   

Lawyers: GM Wants Bankruptcy Shield From Lawsuit

June 12, 2014 8:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so it can use bankruptcy as a shield from the claim.       

GM CEO Barra, Chief Investigator To Testify

June 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.          

Toyota Expands Recall For Air Bag Problem

June 11, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.            

GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said.                               

Judge To Hear Suits Alleging GM Cars Lost Value

June 10, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.                     

'The Switch From Hell': GM's Barra & The Ignition-Switch Debacle

June 9, 2014 4:22 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Listening to Barra, one might almost think that she has told her lawyers to go where the switch came from, and not bother her while she says what she wants to say.                  

GM Recalls 89K Vehicles

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

The automaker said it is recalling 31,520 model year 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic compact cars because the air bags might not deploy. General Motors is also recalling 57,512 other autos because the base radio may not work.                  

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