GM http://michiganradio.org en GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-mary-barra-defends-general-counsel-congressional-hearing <p>Today brought the fourth appearance for General Motors and CEO Mary Barra before angry members of Congress.</p><p>This time a Senate subcommittee took a deeper dive into the ignition switch recalls and didn't like what it saw in GM's legal department.</p><p>Michigan Radio's auto reporter Tracy Samilton&nbsp;followed the event.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Samilton, GM's chief counsel Michael Millikin was in the "uncomfortable Senate spotlight" today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When senators asked why Millikin still kept his job, Barra&nbsp;said she "respectfully" disagreed with them, and she defended Millikin&nbsp;as a man of "incredibly high integrity."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She said Millikin&nbsp;"had a system in place." Unfortunately, in this instance "it wasn't brought to his attention."</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 18419 at http://michiganradio.org GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing GM sales are not plummeting despite recalls, scandal http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-sales-are-not-plummeting-despite-recalls-scandal <p>General Motors' sales rose 1% in June - despite two fewer sales days in the month, despite a delayed recall scandal, and despite the company issuing a record number of recalls.</p><p>The Detroit automaker's sales were the best for June since 2007.</p><p>Karl Brauer is an analyst with Kelly Blue Book.&nbsp;</p><p>He says the media and Congress have displayed an intense interest in GM's admission that it delayed an ignition switch recall for eleven years.&nbsp;</p><p>Customers aren't paying as much attention.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>"Most people look at this recall as old GM and old models that has nothing to do with what's in the showroom right now," says Brauer. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:46:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18228 at http://michiganradio.org GM sales are not plummeting despite recalls, scandal GM recalls 3.16 million cars for another ignition switch problem http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-recalls-316-million-cars-another-ignition-switch-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Motors has found another problem with ignition switches in vehicles.</span></p><p>In what's sure to become extra ammunition in Wednesday's Senate committee interrogation of GM Chief Executive Officer&nbsp;Mary Barra, the automaker this week is recalling 3.16 million mostly older model vehicles to replace slotted keys with keys with a hole.</p><p>The company says the fix will prevent the cars from inadvertently turning off if there is extra weight on the key ring and the car goes over a bump.</p><p>The cars involved in the recall:</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:54:09 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18034 at http://michiganradio.org GM recalls 3.16 million cars for another ignition switch problem GM shareholders are in Detroit, and so are protesters http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-shareholders-are-detroit-and-so-are-protesters <p>GM shareholders meet today at the automaker’s Detroit headquarters—with protesters circling outside the Renaissance Center.</p><p>The protesters include family members of people who died in GM cars that have since been recalled.</p><p>GM has acknowledged 13 deaths as a result of faulty ignition switches. But victim’s advocates say that number is much higher, possibly more than 100.</p><p>Laura Christian’s daughter, Amber Marie Rose, died when the airbag in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt failed to deploy.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:23:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17933 at http://michiganradio.org GM shareholders are in Detroit, and so are protesters Attorney "stunned" and "skeptical" after GM admission of "incompetence and neglect" http://michiganradio.org/post/attorney-stunned-and-skeptical-after-gm-admission-incompetence-and-neglect <p>Dozens of people are suing General Motors over its ignition switch problem.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas attorney Bob Hilliard </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">represents about 70 families suing GM in a variety of state and federal courts.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says his clients were “stunned” to hear GM CEO Mary </span>Barra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> admit the problem was a result of "incompetence and neglect."</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:18:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 17879 at http://michiganradio.org Attorney "stunned" and "skeptical" after GM admission of "incompetence and neglect" GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-recalls-24-million-more-vehicles <p>DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S. as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly.</p><p>The latest action brings to 13.6 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled this year, a new record for the automaker. &nbsp;</p><p>The recalls announced&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;include 1.3 million older-model crossovers with defective front seat belts and 1 million sedans with a shift cable that can wear out.&nbsp;</p><p>GM is also recalling 1,400 new Cadillac&nbsp;Escalade&nbsp;SUVs with faulty air bags.&nbsp;No fatalities related to the defects have been reported, GM says. It expects to take a $400 million charge in the second quarter to repair the vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>GM agreed to a $35 million federal fine last week for delays in reporting a deadly ignition switch defect.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:28:17 +0000 The Associated Press 17670 at http://michiganradio.org GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-affirmative-action-and-gm <p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-ban-affirmative-action-college-admissions-upheld-us-supreme-court">affirmative action</a>, and the latest <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-restructuring-engineering-response-recall">reactions</a> by GM after the fallout from recalls for ignition switch problems.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:06:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17324 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated http://michiganradio.org/post/visiting-loved-ones-beth-olem-cemetery-complicated <p>As we get together with our families to celebrate the holidays, we often think about those who are no longer with us. For many, a trip to a cemetery to visit loved ones is easy, but for others, it’s impossible.</p><p>For families with relatives buried in the Beth Olem cemetery in Detroit, they can’t go pay their respects.</p><p>The cemetery is hidden within GM’s Poletown plant, and is only open to the public two days every year: the Sunday before Passover and Rosh Hashanah.</p><p>People are able to visit the cemetery if they go on a private tour offered by the Michigan Jewish Historical Society. We heard from some of the visitors today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17236 at http://michiganradio.org Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated The massive GM recall just got more expensive http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-gm-recall-just-got-more-expensive <p>General Motors Thursday revised up to $1.3 billion dollars its estimate of the cost of recalling millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.<br /><br />The automaker will now replace the ignition lock cylinder as well as the switch itself on the defective vehicles. The $1.3&nbsp; billion estimate includes the cost of repairs and of providing loaner vehicles to customers.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:03:59 +0000 Noah Gordon 17207 at http://michiganradio.org The massive GM recall just got more expensive GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-old-gm-new-gm-and-mary-barra <p>Next week will bring a big test for new GM CEO Mary Barra.</p><p>She will present herself to Congress for a two-day grilling over the ever-growing ignition switch crisis, a problem that GM says is linked to 12 deaths.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes thinks Barra has a whole lot of heavy lifting to do to get this "new" GM out of the shadow of the missteps of the "old" GM. He joined us today for our weekly check-in.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 17002 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-us-consumers-facing-recall-fatigue <p>General Motors has been in the headlines recently over its recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles due to ignition switch problems that are being blamed for some 13 deaths.</p><p>Toyota is also in the news after having agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle with the Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of its vehicles.</p><p>But are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue?</p><p>Sonari Glinton covers the auto industry for NPR, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16965 at http://michiganradio.org Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-general-motors-recall-crisis <p>It was announced yesterday that Toyota has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle with the U.S. Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of vehicles.</p><p>The Justice Department is also investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than 1.5 million cars. The cars have defective ignition switches that can turn the car off at high speeds.</p><p>There's also news that GM executives are being summoned to D.C. to face Congressional inquiries.</p><p>Daniel Howes, business columnist at the Detroit News, joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:25:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16915 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/defective-ignition-switches-are-creating-crisis-general-motors <p>Last month, General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and at least 31 crashes.</p><p>That has grown into that biggest crisis GM has faced in years, and an early and severe test for its new chief, Mary Barra.</p><p>Yesterday she released a <a href="http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0317-video.html">video </a>making a public apology:</p><blockquote><p>“Something went wrong with our process in this instance and terrible things happened. As a member of the GM family and as a mom with a family of my own, this really hits home for me. And we have apologized. But that is just one step in the journey to resolve this.”</p></blockquote><p>Also yesterday, the automaker announced another recall: more than 1.7 million vehicles in three new campaigns.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:08:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16885 at http://michiganradio.org Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/mary-barra-finds-herself-navigating-crisis-general-motors <p>During the long and agonizing Watergate scandal, the endless question was: What did he know, and when did he know it? That referred to President Richard Nixon, and the break-in and cover-up at the Democratic National Headquarters.</p><p>In the end, it turned out Nixon had known a lot, right from the start, which is how he became our only President ever forced from office.</p><p>Well, now people are beginning to ask: What did she know and when did she know it? Except the arena is not politics, but the auto industry, specifically, the reborn General Motors.</p><p>This time, the chief executive is a woman, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mary-barra">Mary Barra</a>, the first woman ever to lead a major car company.</p><p>Three months ago, many of us were stunned and delighted when she was appointed. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:10:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16870 at http://michiganradio.org Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors GM plans to expand in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-plans-expand-lansing <p>General Motors plans to spend $162-million to expand its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.</p><p></p><p>The plant produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS.</p><p></p><p>Monday night the Lansing city council will consider calling public hearings on a set of tax incentives for the expansion.</p><p></p><p>“It’s a welcome addition,” says Bob Trezise, the president of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, “It really continues to consolidate the future of auto making, high end car making in the Lansing region and in the state of Michigan.”</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 16780 at http://michiganradio.org GM plans to expand in Lansing New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students http://michiganradio.org/post/new-gm-ceo-hopes-inspire-science-students <p>The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science.</p><p>Mary Barra's first appearance before reporters since getting the job eclipsed the rollout of the GMC Canyon small pickup truck.</p><p></p><p>Barra unveiled the truck and was immediately surrounded by hundreds of journalists Sunday at an old industrial site in Detroit.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 15988 at http://michiganradio.org New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-right-work-children-and-food-assistance-gm-investment <p><strong>47 percent of local leaders support right to work</strong></p><p>A <a href="http://media.mlive.com/elections_impact/other/mpps-spring-2013-right-to-work.pdf">report </a>released today from the University of Michigan says 47 percent of Michigan's local government leaders support Michigan's right-to-work law. 22 percent oppose it.</p><p><strong>Number of children who qualify for food assistance has jumped</strong></p><p>"A report by a private foundation says the percentage of young Michigan children qualifying for federal food assistance has jumped in recent years. The annual Kids Count in Michigan project says more than one in three qualified for nutritional help in 2012. That's up 53 percent from 2005," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>GM will invest in three plants in Michigan</strong></p><p>"General Motors plans to spend more than a billion dollars upgrading five auto plants in three states.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most of the money will be spent on GM plants in Michigan. Flint will see 600 million dollars in investment.&nbsp; Romulus will get nearly 500 million.&nbsp; And millions more will go to plants in Hamtramck and Toledo," Michigan Radio <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:22:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15722 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment