Latest Developments In GM’s Faulty Ignition Switches Matter

In previous posts, design flaws in cars have been discussed, as well as recalls involving such defective cars. One particularly noteworthy recall has been that involving GM’s ignition switch defect.

The latest development in the matter was discussed in the May 17-18, 2014 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Says GM Hid Recall Failures.”

Two notable excerpts from the article include:

General Motors Co. GM -1.05% agreed to pay a $35 million fine to settle a U.S. auto-safety investigation that found GM had schemed to keep secret its information on faulty ignition switches installed on 2.6 million vehicles.

U.S. regulators for the first time disclosed details of the probe, including revealing that the Detroit company had coached workers against using “defect” and “Corvair-like” in communications. They also said the nation’s largest auto maker had information that should have allowed it in 2009 to link the defective switches to air bags not inflating during crashes.


Mr. Foxx and NHTSA have come under fire from members of Congress for not taking tougher steps years ago to force GM to recall the vehicles with the defective switches, despite hundreds of consumer complaints and evidence from crash investigations that pointed to the defective switch as a possible cause of air-bag failures.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this GM faulty ignition switch issue can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.

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