GM Internal Investigation Finds “Pattern of Incompetence” But No Conspiracy

Brian Nettles, Esq.   GM has released the results of its internal investigation, led by Anton R. Valukas, former US attorney. Their investigation reveals “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” for the past decade, but no intentional cover-up or trade off between safety and cost. Mary T. Barra, CEO, says that 15 employees have been dismissed, 5 disciplined. Over half of those dismissed were executive positions, but no higher-ranking member was found to have been involved. Outlining the findings to a crowd in Warren, MI, Ms. Barra conveyed a picture of a company that repeatedly failed to act when safety …


GM and NHTSA Pressed for Not Taking Action Sooner on GM Recall Linked to 303 Deaths

Tad Thomas, Esq. A new review of federal crash data by the Friedman Research Corporation has linked General Motors (GM) to 303 deaths caused by faulty airbags from 2003 to 2012. The company, which analyzes vehicle safety data, is also pressing regulators for failing to detect the issue over the past decade. Friedman Research Corporation analyzed cases in which the airbags did not deploy, but not the causes of the accidents. The study was commissioned by a private watchdog group in Washington, the Center for Auto Safety. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the group …


GM Recalls 780,000 Models With Faulty Ignition Switch

General Motors is recalling 780,000 older-model compact cars in North America due to a faulty ignition switch. Allegedly, the switch can shut off the engine without warning, causing crashes. As many as six people have died in 22 crashes related to the problem. The ignition switch problem has been found in Chevrolet Cobalts from 2005-2007 and Pontiac G5s from 2007, which is nearly identical to the Cobalt. The sudden engine stop is believed to be caused by a heavy key ring or driving on rough roads, which cut the engine from electrical power. What’s more, front air bags may fail …


Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 million Car Seats Due to Unsafe Buckle

Chris Welsh, Esq. Graco’s Children’s Products is recalling nearly 3.8 million car seats because of faulty buckles that can make it difficult to free a child. The recall is the largest in 5 years and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association is demanding an additional 1.8 million to be recalled. The buckle sparked investigation when parents complained to the manufacturer that they had to cut the straps to get their child out. One mother said it took her 45 minutes to free her child, who eventually wriggled free only after the straps were loosened. The buckle error not only poses …


Fred and Friends Recalls “Chill Baby” Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard

Chris Welsh, Esq. Last week, Fred & Friends recalled three types of pacifiers after they were found to fail federal safety standards. The pacifiers include Artiste, Volume, and Panic of their “Chill Baby” styles. The Artiste style includes a detachable piece that poses risk of choking. The Volume and Panic style do not have large enough ventilation holes. The pacifiers are plastic with silicone rubber, measuring 2 “ wide by 1.5 inches tall. In design, the Artiste includes a black plastic beard and mustache, the Volume includes a black volume control knob, and Panic has a red plastic panic button. …


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