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General Motors creates new safety organization in wake of recall

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, GM Barra announced that she’s creating another group within the company that will monitor new products for safety issues. General Motors CEO Mary Barra continued to make changes Tuesday, which she said would help lead the embattled company out of a crisis caused by deadly defects in some of its vehicles. [...]

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NTSB offers NHTSA advice on semi truck safety

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Safety, Work Based on studies conducted last year, the National Transportation Safety Board has sent seven recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “to improve the safety of tractor-trailers.” The suggestions range from changing actual physical components on tractor-trailers, like adding protection along the sides of trailers to keep cars [...]

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Ontario looks to liquidate its holdings in General Motors

Filed under: Government/Legal, GM, Earnings/Financials, Canada The late-80s and early-90s saw the Canadian government divest itself from some of its largest state-owned businesses (known in Commonwealth countries as Crown Corporations) – particularly when it came to transport and energy companies. In a sweeping implementation of Thatcherism led by Conservative premier Brian Mulroney, Ottawa privatized aerospace [...]

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Emails show NHTSA official felt GM often lagged on safety

Filed under: Auctions, Government/Legal, Recalls, GM Federal safety regulators had grown frustrated with what they felt was the company’s indifferent attitude toward safety issues. General Motors has attempted to distance itself from a widening crisis over its botched handling of a deadly defect by dividing its company history into two distinct periods. The “old” GM [...]

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GM not seeking NASA’s help for ignition switch recall?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, GM Despite previous reports, General Motors may not have sought the help of NASA in confirming that cars suffering from the ignition switch defect are safe to drive in certain conditions. The reports, which first began surfacing on Thursday, has been very widely circulated by a number of publications. “NASA [...]

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Investigation reveals GM’s Mary Barra knew of trouble in 2011

Filed under: Government/Legal, GM Mary Barra received a letter warning of steering problems associated with certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. An investigation into ignition-switch defects in several General Motors vehicles revealed Friday the company’s current CEO knew of trouble with the models as early as 2011. One of the two Congressional [...]

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Senate committee votes to keep driver black box data private

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology Drivers are one step safer to having improved privacy behind the wheel. The Senate Commerce Committee has granted bipartisan approval to legislation that aims to protect the information on automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR), also known as black boxes. The committee concluded that the vehicle owner is the one who [...]

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Two GM engineers put on paid leave pending recall investigation [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, GM The internal investigation General Motors is conducting regarding its response (and responsiveness) to the ignition switch recall might be having its first effects. The company has put two of its engineers on paid leave. According to The Detroit Free Press, this action took place after a briefing by its internal [...]

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Top Gear up for possible airing in North Korea?

Filed under: Government/Legal, TV/Movies Top Gear has a habit of poking fun at, um, everyone. Considering that, we find the idea that “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-un is thinking about allowing the world’s greatest motoring show onto the ultra-censored screens of North Korea to be kind of surprising. After all, what will happen when Clarkson and [...]

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UAW workers at Corvette factory authorize strike

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, Chevrolet, UAW/Unions UAW members have voted nearly unanimously in favor of authorizing a strike at the General Motors factory in Bowling Green, KY, home of the Chevrolet Corvette. As we explained yesterday, though, just because the plants 800 workers have authorized a walkout doesn’t mean a strike is [...]

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General Motors not fully cooperating with investigators, NHTSA says

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, GM General Motors is not fully cooperating with a federal probe of its defective ignition switches, investigators charged Tuesday. In a letter to the beleaguered automaker, the lead attorney for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said GM was either “unwilling or unable” to answer more than a third of questions [...]

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Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe

Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Chevrolet The Center for Auto Safety and its leader, Clarence Ditlow, have taken aim at General Motors again, this timing writing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the 2003 to 2010 Chevrolet Impala. If you’ve been following our coverage of GM’s ignition switch recall, you’ll recognize [...]

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Texan tries out new Camaro ZL1 Underwater Edition [w/video]

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Videos, Chevrolet Texans, please stay away from water in your sports cars. Now, this latest fiasco isn’t quite so dire as the Lone Star State’s last attempt at an amphibious sportscar – a waterlogged Bugatti Veyron – although that’s largely because the Veyron in that story cost $1.6 million and [...]

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