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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.                   

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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.                     

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'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.                  

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Indictment For Glock; Incompetence At GM

June 6, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the GM recall report that blames incompetence and negligence for the recall that led to 13 deaths to an indictment for a gun dealer and Glock executives over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks.

What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

The 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close. Here's what's still to come in the ongoing recall case.                       

Minnesota Company Recalling Some Cheese, Salsa

June 6, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition because of possible listeria contamination.              

GM Launching Compensation Program For Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.        

GM: Incompetence And Negligence Led To Recall

June 5, 2014 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

GM CEO Mary Barra said 15 employees have been fired and five others have been disciplined over the company's failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is now linked to at least 13 deaths.         

3 Key Questions About The GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 8:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why that delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                       

GM Will Release Recall Report On Thursday

June 4, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

General Motors says it will release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning.                   

Safety Was Low In GM Hierarchy Before Recalls

June 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As of early last year, the director of vehicle safety was four rungs down the ladder from the CEO, according to a copy of the chart obtained by The Associated Press. Finance, sales and public relations had a direct path to the top.         

Deal Calls For Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                

Safety Regulators Probe Effectiveness Of Chrysler Air Bag Recall

June 2, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working.                        

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