Follow the GM recall as it evolves with important developments in the story. Our legal team has compiled the following information since the initial ignition switch recall which began in February, 2014.
Timeline of Events
UPDATE: 6/17/14 — 11:00 a.m.
On June 16, 2014, GM announced 3.16 million vehicle recalls. The latest round of recalls are targeting faulty ignition keys.
UPDATE: 5/20/14 — 6:17 p.m.
GM’s problems may not end anytime soon. In the latest announcement, GM recalled an additional 2.4 million vehicles on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
UPDATE: 5/20/14 — 5:30 p.m.
Plaintiffs across the country have filed lawsuits alleging intentional endangerment of drivers by failing to identify faulty ignitions and unsafe vehicles.
UPDATE: 5/16/14 — 4:17 p.m.
GM announces new recalls and large financial losses due to class action lawsuits and federal fines.
UPDATE: 5/16/14 — 10:17 a.m.
A new recall has been issued affecting 2.7 million General Motors vehicles. This brings the total number of vehicles recalled by the automaker to 12.8 million worldwide this year. The majority of these vehicles affected by the new recall include 2.4 million midsize cars that have faulty wiring in the brake systems, which may cause the brake lights to malfunction or could disable certain safety features.
The Department of Transportation also announced today that GM will face a fine of $35 million as a result of its failure to issue a timely recall of vehicles with defective ignition switches. While $35 million represents a very small fraction of GM’s annual profit, NBC News reports that it is the largest fine ever assessed by the DOT.
UPDATE: 5/12/14 — 4:54 p.m.
A recent report from Bloomberg states that a Georgia attorney is seeking to have a settlement against General Motors thrown out amidst allegations of fraud on the part of a GM engineer. In light of recent news and court filings, the motion states that the GM engineer lied under oath while testifying that GM had no knowledge of defects in the ignition switches of its Chevy Cobalts.
UPDATE: 4/22/14 — 3:17 p.m.
A California lawsuit against General Motors Co. revolving around a defect in the ignition switch (linked to 13 deaths) has been stayed by the judge. According to Bloomberg, the federal judge put the lawsuit on hold until a bankruptcy court in New York can decide whether or not some claims for compensation may be brought; lawsuits over claims which occurred prior to 2009 may be in violation of a court order related to GM’s bankruptcy reorganization.
UPDATE: 4/18/14 — 5:48 p.m.
Multiple civil lawsuits filed by victims of General Motors’ defective ignition switches are facing an uncertain future after an aggressive challenge by the automaker in several federal courts. Legal counsel for GM has asked several civil judges to stay all litigation in these cases until a bankruptcy judge can determine if the lawsuits violate established bankruptcy law.
Attorneys for the victims argued that GM’s 2009 bankruptcy case is irrelevant to the current lawsuits, and stressed that concerns about public safety demand that litigation continues. It is not known when any judge is expected to rule on either argument.
UPDATE: 4/17/14 – 4:29 p.m.
GM not required to issue a “park-it” notice to owners of recalled vehicles until the ignition switch problem is fixed, a federal judge ruled.
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UPDATE: 4/16/14 – 2:09 p.m.
General Motors rejected an alternative ignition switch for cost reasons, according to a letter sent to GM’s CEO Mary Barra today by Joan Claybrook, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. GM designed the alternative switch in 2001 to be used in the Saturn Ion.
“General Motors picked a smaller and cheaper ignition switch that cost consumers their lives,” Claybrook and Ditlow said. “Who inside GM made these decisions and at what level?”
UPDATE: 4/9/14 – 9:48 a.m.
GM now faces fines of $7,000 a day for failing to comply with a Special Order from the NHTSA. The order required the automaker to provide adequate answers to 107 questions about GM’s slow response to the ignition switch defect. GM was supposed to provide these answers by April 3, but it failed to do so.
UPDATE: 4/2/14 – 9:17 a.m.
On her second day before Congress, General Motors CEO Mary Barra deflects numerous questions from a frustrated panel. Many feel she is not still not providing adequate answers.
Barra announces in her opening statement that a GM has hired a lawyer to, “explore and evaluate options in its response to families of accident victims.”
“Ms. Barra, I know this isn’t the most enjoyable situation for you. But we’re in a situation where we don’t trust the company right now,” said Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.).
The panel confronts Barra with the estimate that a replacement part for the defective ignition switch would have only cost the company 57 cents per car. The panel believes that GM decided not to replace the part due to its “cost culture.”
Barra she only learned of the ignition switch issue on Jan. 31, 2014.
UPDATE: 4/1/14 – 12:44 p.m.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Congressional Committee regarding what the company may have known about the defective part 10 years before it issued a recall.
Barra fielded questions about the ignition switch design change one GM engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, approved in 2006. While under oath in 2013, DeGiorgio claimed he did not know of any changes that had been made to the switch’s design. However, documents uncovered by a congressional subcommittee revealed that DeGiorgio had signed off on the change himself.
“He lied.” Barra said simply of DeGiorgio’s statement.
UPDATE: 4/1/14 – 6:32 p.m.
Another recall announcement is made, this time for 490,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1550s, GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe vehicles, 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs equipped with faulty transmission oil cooler lines.
UPDATE: 3/31/14 – 11:14 a.m.
GM announces a recall on approximately 174,046 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze vans for defects with the turbocharged engines.
UPDATE: 3/31/14 – 9:19 a.m.
Another recall has been issued for approximately 1.3 million older-model GM vehicles: 2004-06 and 2008-09 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 2004-06 Malibu Maxx wagons, 2009-10 Chevrolet HHR hatchback (non-turbo models,) 2010 versions of the Cobalt coupe and sedan, 2008-09 versions of the Saturn Aura sedan, 2004-07 versions of the Saturn Ion coupe and sedan, and 2005-09 versions of the Pontiac G6.
These vehicles may have power steering issues.
GM reports that certain vehicles equipped with related service parts prior to a May 2010 safety recall may also be affected.
UPDATE: 3/28/14 – 4:06 p.m.
Another recall is announced this time for 656 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury coupes. The issue is with the vehicles’ electronic stability control issues.
UPDATE: 3/27/14 – 5:43 p.m.
GM notifies the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that certain 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Skys, and Pontiac G5s and Solstices, as well as 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR vehicles may have been fitted with the defective ignition switches as a replacement part.
UPDATE: 3/21/14 – 2:48 p.m.
Another recall is announced: 2014 Buick Regals, LaCrosses and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers are recalled for a transmission switch cable. 2014 Chevrolet Malibus and Cruze sedans as well as Traverse crossovers and 2014 GMC Acadia crossovers are also affected.
UPDATE: 3/17/14 – 11:42 a.m.
GM issues yet another recall, involving the following vehicles for issues with brakes, side-impact airbags and noncompliance of head injury crash standards: the 2008-13 Buick Enclave, 2008-13 GMC Acadia models, 2008-10 Saturn Outlook, 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse, 2009-14 Chevrolet Express, 2009-14 GMC Savana, and the 2013-14 Cadillac XTS.
GM CEO Mary Barra claims drivers will be given detailed information about the repairs and replacement parts available by the second week of April.
UPDATE: 3/13/14 – 9:51 a.m.
According to a Reuters report, The Center for Auto Safety says it used numbers from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to estimate that 303 deaths have resulted from air bag non-deployment in the 1.6 million vehicles that GM has recalled.
GM refers to its investigation into the recall and the impact of the defective switch as “ongoing.”
UPDATE: 3/12/14 – 1:55 p.m.
GM confirms that it received reports of an ignition switch defect as early as 2001. The company says that when the Saturn Ion was in development in 2001 it was aware the ignition switch could turn off easily, but that they redesigned the switch to correct the problem. The design change was made in 2006. At the time, GM did not report this to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Thirteen deaths are now associated with the defect.
UPDATE: 2/25/14 – 7:15 p.m.
GM extends the recall to an additional 748,024 models, including: 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstices, 2003-07 Saturn Ions, and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles for the same ignition switch defect.
UPDATE: 2/13/14 – 10:59 a.m.
GM recalls 619,122 model year 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars because of faulty ignition switches. The company claims that a heavy key chain can cause the ignition to move into the “accessory” position and that air bags may not deploy in a crash if this happens.
Six deaths and 17 injuries are associated with failing air bags.