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US Supreme Court rejects GM bid to block ignition switch suits

Lawsuits will proceed over pre-bankruptcy death, injury, and economic losses.

A faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles has been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries.

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In wake of Volkswagen scandal, cheating may actually get easier

Copyright Law Could Soon Prohibit Independent Vehicle Research

The three crises that rollicked the auto industry in recent months – a rising death toll related to the General Motors ignition-switch defect, the Jeep Cherokee hack and now the Volkswagen cheating scandal – all have one thing in common. Outsiders discovered the problems.

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Volkswagen recalls 20k Routans to replace ignition switch

Volkswagen is recalling 20,676 units of the 2009-2010 Routan to replace their key fobs and ignition switches in an amendment to a campaign from last year.

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GM extends deadline on ignition-switch compensation

Victims of faulty ignition switches in General Motors vehicles have been given an additional month to apply for compensation. This comes as administrator Kenneth Feinberg and his team increase their efforts to reach those potentially eligible for recompense under the program. The deadline, which was previously set for

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GM allegedly ordered 500k replacement ignition switches months before recall [UPDATE]

It appears that General Motors began preparing for its ignition switch recall far earlier than previously known. According to emails viewed by The Wall Street Journal, a contract worker for the automaker allegedly placed an order for 500,000 replacement ignition switches from Delphi to prepare for the repairs on December 18, 2013. However

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GM approval for ignition-switch death claims hits 30

With nearly 1,600 claims in the General Motors faulty ignition switch compensation fund as of Friday, The Detroit News is reporting the co

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Chrysler recalls 350k vehicles over ignition switches

Chrysler has announced a recall covering 349,442 vehicles due to ignition switches that can either become stuck or move without warning. All of the affected vehicles are from the 2008 model year, and were built before May 12, 2008.

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18k VW Routan minivans added to ignition switch recall list

We've had a brief reprieve recently from automakers suffering from ignition switch issues, but the problems have reared their ugly head, again. This time it's not from General Motors; instead, the 2009 model year Volkswagen Routan is getting swept up in Fiat Chrysler Automobile's recent r

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Harley-Davidson joins GM, FCA in ignition-switch recall

We've seen a rash of ignition switch recalls this year, especially from General Motors, but also from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Harley-Davidson is joining their ranks with a new repair campaign on some of its bikes, but for a somewhat different reason: some examples of one model might be vibrating too much.

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Chrysler recalling 700k minivans and Dodge Journey for ignition switch woes

General Motors isn't the only automaker with ignition switch problems. Chrysler is fighting it too and is now announcing a recall of 695,957 examples worldwide of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2008-2010 model years, plus the 2009

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GM says second recalled ignition switch was made in China

The defective ignition switch that led General Motors to recall an additional 3.4 million large sedans earlier this month was manufactured in China, according to a report filed with safety regulators obtained by Reuters.

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GM offering dealer bonuses to speed up ignition-switch repairs

In case you hadn't heard, General Motors is desperate to get its ignition switch recalls completed. It's trying so hard, in fact, that it's offering $250 credits to an unspecified gift shop to service and parts managers at dealerships that are able to install 90 percent of the ignition s

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Canadian government investigating whether GM Canada delayed recalls

The General Motors recall scandal might be hopping borders in the near future. The Canadian government's Transport Minister, Lisa Raitt, is pushing for an investigation into when GM Canada knew about the ignition switch problem and the necessary recall.

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NHTSA itself confused about the way airbags work

There might actually be a bit of a silver lining to General Motors' ignition switch recall of 2.6 million cars. In the end, it may mean safer vehicles on the road from every automaker. The debacle has shined a light on how little the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually understands about airbags and their deployment. The regul

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GM reports thousands of ignition kits shipped, 1.4M owners notified

General Motors ignition switch fix is gaining momentum. The first several thousand replacement kits, including new ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets, have been shipped out to dealers. GM also sent out the first 1.4 million recall letters to affected owners last week to let them schedule the repair. That is a little over half of the Chris Bruce

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Replacement ignitions may cause more headaches for recalled GM products

General Motors might be facing more bad news related to its recall of 1.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches. It turns out that GM and Delphi Automotive never changed the part number after instituting a fix in 2007. While many of these replacement pieces might not be unsound, it is impossible to know unless they are inspected or have their manufacturing history checked, according to Chris Bruce

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303 deaths may be linked to GM ignition recall [UPDATE]

This issue could surpass the 27 Ford Pinto fire deaths and the 271 fatalities blamed on the Ford Explorer/Firestone debacle