Delphi: GM OKd ignition switches that didn't meet specifications

General Motors (GM) authorized faulty ignition switches for its vehicles in 2002 despite the parts not appearing to meet the car-maker's requirements, Delphi Automotive has told U.S. congressional investigators.

The House Energy & Commerce Committee released the information yesterday, two days before GM CEO Mary Barra is due to testify before the panel about the switches, which have been linked with at least 13 deaths.

The committee also said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration twice decided not to open formal probes into the cars.

Meanwhile, GM has recalled 490,000 trucks and 172,000 compact cars, due to the possibility of oil leaks and fires because of a loose fitting for an oil-cooler line. GM is aware of three fires but no injuries. The company has now recalled 4.8M vehicles this year.

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  • Momintn
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    If GM has any liability before bankruptcy, which is questionable, then so does Delphi.
    31 Mar 2014, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    GM up to its usual tricks =
    trying to shove the responsibility for some recalls on a parts supplier.


    Despite all the PR it appears obvious to me =
    the old GM culture which led to bankruptcy is alive + well!


    Simultaneously the recalls keep widening...


    Even at $20, the stock is a speculation of hope over reality.
    31 Mar 2014, 12:01 PM Reply Like
  • funfundvierzig
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    A decade-plus of callous cover-ups and fraud-mongering which tragically lead to human roadkill. But GM's hubris-heavy bosses did not give a damn as long as they could keep larding themselves with lavish compensation and perks. Pathetic.


    31 Mar 2014, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • H_mmmm
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    This is unfortunate but not unforeseeable. My question would be how Delphi could knowingly sell a defective switch? GM approved or not. The only difference is that Delphi is off the hook legally. But what about the executives at Delphi, do they sleep well at night? Seems to me they have as much skin in this game as anyone else.
    2 Apr 2014, 09:57 AM Reply Like
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