GM Ignition Switch Timeline and Recalls

GM ignition switch recall timelineUPDATE: 6/17/2014, 10:53 a.m.

General Motors announces the recall of 3.16 million vehicles. The company intends to rework or replace ignition keys in the affected 2000 to 2014 makes and models because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some type of jarring event.

Read more about the recall on our blog.

UPDATE: 5/20/2014, 4:45 p.m.

Bad, critical, dangerous and unstable were just a few words that GM managers wanted employees to avoid using in written communications about problems with their vehicles. The information was released by the Transportation Department as part of a civil settlement with GM. Visit our blog to see the full list of prohibited words.

UPDATE: 5/17/2014, 1:36 p.m.
According to The Detroit News, General Motors is facing approximately 79 lawsuits by consumers who are demanding as much as $10 billion for the depreciation of their vehicle’s value due to the ignition switch defect. In just a few weeks a panel of judges will determine if the lawsuits may be combined into one and what federal court will handle the suits.

UPDATE: 5/16/2014, 5:27 p.m.

Details about the probe into GM have been released. According to U.S. regulators, the company coached workers against using certain words in communications about the recall. Additionally, the auto maker had information in 2009 that should have linked the defective switches to air bags not inflating.

UPDATE: 5/16/2014, 2:27 p.m.

The Department of Transportation has announced that General Motors will have to pay a $35 million fine for delays in reporting flaws in ignition switches that led to the death of 13 people. The announcement was made just one day after GM launched yet another recall. According to Bloomberg, the vehicle manufacturer is recalling 2.7 million vehicles for a wide range of issues.

UPDATE: 5/12/2014, 4:10 p.m.

According to Bloomberg, a wrongful death lawsuit tied to GM that was settled in September 2013 could be re-opened. A Georgia lawyer alleges that GM fraudulently withheld information about the defective ignition switch ahead of the settlement that was agreed upon.

UPDATE: 4/22/14 – 2:33 p.m.

A California lawsuit against General Motors Co. over the ignition switch defect (which is linked to 13 deaths) has been put on hold. According to Bloomberg, a federal judge put the suit on hold until a New York bankruptcy court can rule on whether some claims for compensation may be brought; a determination is necessary as these claims may be in violation of a court order related to GM’s reorganization in 2009.

UPDATE: 4/18/14 – 5:33 p.m.

Attorneys for General Motors have filed motions in several pending defective ignition switch lawsuits around the country asking that all activity those cases be put on hold until a federal bankruptcy judge has the opportunity to decide whether or not the civil lawsuits are in violation of bankruptcy law.

According to legal counsel for GM, the sale order which finalized General Motors’ bankruptcy case relieves GM from any liability for all accidents, injuries, or deaths which occurred prior to the 2009 bankruptcy filing. The automaker has asked its bankruptcy judge to reaffirm this decision.

The plaintiffs in these cases called GM’s bankruptcy case irrelevant, and argued that the lawsuits must continue in the interest of public safety. To date, no judge has issued a ruling on these matters

UPDATE: 4/9/14 – 9:33 a.m.

After failing to comply with a Special Order as part of a Timeliness Query raised by the NHTSA, GM is facing fines of $7,000 per day after the April 3 deadline.

The NHTSA stated that the automaker failed to provide adequate answers to the 107 questions posed by the agency

UPDATE: 4/4/14 – 11:56 a.m.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) emails constituents asking them to sign a petition to take the affected GM cars off the road.

UPDATE: 4/2/14 – 10:12 a.m.

In her second day before Congress, General Motors CEO Mary Barra deflects a barrage of questions from a frustrated panel.

In her opening statement, Barra announces that an attorney has been hired by GM 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 could have been replaced for 57 cents per car and that GM decided not to because of its “cost culture.”

Barra says the senior level of the company learned about the ignition issue on Jan. 31, 2014.

UPDATE: 4/1/14 – 9:33 a.m.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Congressional Committee regarding the massive recall.

Barra fielded questions from the panel but failed to give any substantial information about the ignition switch design change one GM engineer approved in 2006. That engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, claimed under oath in 2013 that he was not aware that any changes had been made to the switch’s design, but documents uncovered by a congressional subcommittee revealed DeGiorgio had signed off on the change himself in 2006.

“I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that program, but I can tell you that we will find out,” Barra said, adding, “I am deeply sorry.”

UPDATE: 4/1/14 – 7:32 a.m.

A transmission oil cooler line recall is announced affecting approximately 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.

UPDATE: 3/31/14 – 11: 26 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: 18 a.m.

An electronic steering recall is initiated 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.

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 – 12:06 p.m.

Approximately 656 model-year 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury coupes are recalled for electronic stability control issues.

UPDATE: 3/27/14 – 1:43 p.m.

GM notifies the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that the defective ignition switches may have been used as replacement parts in certain model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Sky, and Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR vehicles.

UPDATE: 3/21/14 – 1:54 p.m.

Approximately 355 model-year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers are recalled for a transmission switch cable. 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers and 2014 GMC Acadia crossovers are also affected.

UPDATE: 3/17/14 – 3:42 p.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 consumers will receive detailed information on the repairs and replacement parts available by the second week of April 2014.

UPDATE: 3/13/14 – 6:21 p.m.

Reuters reports that U.S. safety regulators recorded 303 deaths from air bag deployment failure in the 1.6 million vehicles recalled within the previous month.

The Center for Auto Safety says it used numbers from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

GM says its investigation into the recall as well as the impact of the defective switch is "ongoing."

UPDATE: 3/12/14 – 1:55 p.m.

GM confirms that it had received reports of an ignition switch defect as early as 2001. The manufacturer states 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. At the time, GM did not report any suspicions to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials.

UPDATE: 2/25/14 – 7:12 a.m.

GM extends the recall to an additional 748,024 model year 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice vehicles, 2003-07 Saturn Ion vehicles, and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles for the same ignition switch defect.

UPDATE: 2/13/14 – 8:59 a.m.

General Motors recalls 619,122 model year 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars for 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.


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