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Judge won't make GM tell owners to stop driving cars recalled for ignition switch defect

DETROIT - A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order Thursday in Corpus Christi. Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents some owners, had argued that the GM cars could lose power at any moment and expose their occupants to serious injury or death.

GM faced a Cadillac ignition switch issue in 2006

By Paul Lienert and Eric Beech DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors engineers reported accidentally turning off ignition switches in a Cadillac SRX with their knees more than eight years ago, and they ordered a similar fix to a similar problem in smaller, cheaper cars linked to 13 deaths, according to documents from parts maker Delphi Automotive.

Documents show GM's early knowledge of switch defect

By Eric Beech, Paul Lienert and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors engineers were well aware of serious problems with ignition switches in GM small cars, but rejected several opportunities to make fixes, according to dozens of confidential documents released on Friday by a Congressional committee investigating the deadly defect. Parts supplier Delphi Automotive also repeatedly tested switches and found they did not meet GM specifications, according to emails and other memos.

Insight: Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

By Paul Lienert and Marilyn Thompson DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for General Motors Co. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models.

Class action launched against GM Canada by parents of Ont. man who died in crash

TORONTO - A Canadian law suit against General Motors is being pursued by the parents of an Ontario man who died in a 2012 head-on collision while driving a 2006 Saturn Ion. The suit is being brought against GM Canada and others as a national class-action related to recent worldwide recalls by the automaker, which is fixing defects in ignition switches and power steering.

GM avoided defective switch redesign in 2005 to save a dollar each

By Paul Lienert and Marilyn Thompson DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co in 2005 decided not to change an ignition switch eventually linked to the deaths of at least 13 people because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car, according to an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators.

GM recalls another 1.5 mn cars over steering issue

General Motors recalled another 1.5 million cars globally on Monday, this time for a power steering issue, as the company faces probes over mishandling a deadly faulty ignition problem. The latest GM announcement took to more than six million the number of cars covered in recalls since the beginning of the year, though some could be listed under more than one recall. Of the newly recalled vehicles, 1.3 million are in North America. GM said that in a number of models from 2004-2010, drivers could experience a loss of electric power steering assistance.

Key GM crisis questions: Who approved switch revision and why recall took so long

By Marilyn Thompson and Paul Lienert WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Among the most critical unanswered questions in General Motors' mounting crisis over a defective ignition switch that led to crashes and at least 13 deaths is who, eight years ago, approved a change in the part for new vehicles and why that didn't lead to a recall of older cars to fix the problem.

GM adding 971,000 vehicles to ignition switch recall; brings total to more than 2.6 million

DETROIT - General Motors is boosting by 971,000 the number of small cars being recalled worldwide for a defective ignition switch, saying cars from the model years 2008-2011 may have gotten the part as a replacement.

Judge schedules hearing on lawsuit that would make GM tell customers to park recalled cars

DETROIT - A Texas federal judge will hold a hearing next week on a lawsuit seeking to force General Motors to tell customers to stop driving some recalled cars. Lawyer Robert Hilliard says Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi could rule on April 4. On Monday Hilliard asked the court to make GM tell owners to park the cars until they can be fixed. GM is recalling 1.6 million older Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other models to replace ignition switches. The switches can slip out of the run position and shut off the engine. That cuts off power steering and brakes.
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