The GM Blog 2014
Or perhaps the germane question might be – will GM ever become accountable? Will GM ever learn “their” way does not work?
Privately running a company recklessly is a choice. And inexcusable to run a company in a manner which may harm or kill innocent consumers. A company that was saved by the taxpayers in 2009.
• 1.6 million recalled vehicles beginning with 2005 models
• GM has linked 12 deaths
• A disputed report from Center for Auto Safety study links 303 deaths The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a March 11, 2014 letter from GM which addresses the timeline regarding the current ignition switch recall. Reading the 10 page report is appalling. Clearly many people at all levels were aware of the ignition switch problems as early as a prototype in 2001.
A quote from the report, “there is potential for the driver to inadvertently turn off the ignition due to low ignition key cylinder/torque effect” and “the concern is more likely to occur if the driver is short and has a large and/or heavy key chain.” So GM decided it was appropriate to sell vehicles which had the stealth condition of don’t put too many keys on your keychain or the ignition switch may fail, cut off your engine and your airbags will not deploy if a crash occurs? A full report to the NHTSA by GM is due in early April answering 107 questions regarding the timeline of the recall problems. Shame on you GM – and shame on everyone at GM who knew this was an issue and who said nothing – and did nothing.
3-2014 GM Recall FAQ Ludicrous
Well, if you’d like some laughs as to the stereotypical bureaucracy of corporate America, check out GM’s new site on the ignition recalls.
The FAQ’s contain some gems beginning with the video by GM CEO Mary Barra which is basically the oh gee, oops we made a mistake and oops, we will do better and …
I do not mean to single Ms. Barra out, but she is a career GM employee with an electrical engineering degree and M.B.A. She began working at GM in 1980 and worked her way to being Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain prior to becoming CEO.
And this recall is specifically a product issue with supply chain issues. She knew nothing about the ignition switch issues? Or the parts issues? I find that hard to believe. Can you imagine being the writer for the FAQ’s and have to explain with sincerity – why yes we have sold cars since 2005 and oh by the way, the driver can only have one key on the key chain or the car may turn off in mid drive and the airbags that may not deploy if there is a crash.
The damage control GM is attempting is too little, too late. My sympathies lie with the families and friends of the innocent consumers who purchased these vehicles and the innocent consumers who lost their lives due to the practices of General Motors.
5-2014 GM Recalls Continue
Another week, another day in the life of recalls by General Motors.
The latest recall involves older model Aveo and Optra cars with faulty parts which could overheat and cause a fire.
GM has now officially broken its’ recall record. In 2004 GM recalled 10.7 million vehicles, to date in 2014 GM has recalled 15.6 million vehicles.
I keep harkening back to Mary Barra at the congressional hearings in March where she continually stressed that this is the new GM versus the old GM which took ten years to recall the 2.75 million plus vehicles with defective ignition switches.
Really? The ‘new’ GM seems extremely reminiscent of the old GM. The problems are systemic it would appear.
I’m going to guess that in the next line of questioning GM faces by the government, the public relations department might come up with something a little more feasible than the ‘new’ vs. old GM line.
5-17-14 Busy Recall Bee GM
GM remains busy recalling its’ fleet of vehicles both new and old. The ‘new’ GM, not sure the time frame of when GM became the ‘new’ versus the old GM, has issues its’ latest recall involving 2014 LaCrosse and Malibus. This recall involves brake issues which could cause brake failure.
The silver lining, according to GM, is the safety chief states General Motors is now much faster recalling cars if there is a safety issue. Perhaps GM might try to manufacture cars without safety issues?
• General Motors recalled approximately 11.2 million vehicles since January 2014
• GM agreed to pay a $35 million dollar fine in conjunction with the ongoing investigation of the ignition switch recall of 2.6 million cars.
• GM continues to be fined $7,000 per day (since early April) for failure to produce documents related to the ignition switch recall As part of the $35 million agreement, GM has changed its’ tune regarding releasing the results of its’ internal investigation.
During congressional hearings General Motors stated it would release results it thought might be valuable; now GM agrees to release all results of the yet uncompleted internal investigation. The $35 million penalty is the maximum allowable under current law. In motion is a movement to raise the ceiling of the penalty for future indiscretions by automakers.
Transcripts from Congressional Hearings United States Energy and Commerce Committee.
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors testifies along with Anton Valukas.