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13 Deaths, Untold Heartache, From G.M. Defect

 

 

 

 

” For most of the last decade, Candice Anderson has carried unspeakable guilt over the death of her boyfriend. He was killed in 2004 in a car accident here, and she was at the wheel. At one point, Ms. Anderson, who had a trace of Xanax in her blood, even faced a manslaughter charge. She was 21.

  All these years, Ms. Anderson — now engaged and a mother — has been a devoted visitor to his grave. She tidies it every season, sweeping away leaves and setting down blue daisies with gold glitter for his birthday, miniature lit trees for Christmas, stones with etched sayings for the anniversary of their accident.

“ It’s torn me up,” Ms. Anderson said of the death of Gene Mikale Erickson. “I’ve always wondered, was it really my fault?”

Last week, she learned it was not.”

   Read more of these 13 acknowledged victims of GM and the Fed’s conspiracy here and note these articles below that argue that the “official” death toll of 13 is just the beginning .

Federal Auto Safety Regulator: GM Ignition Flaws Likely Killed More Than 13 People

Why GM Recall Death Toll Will Rise

NHTSA Says More Than 13 Killed In GM Recalled Cars

    While this scandalous behavior on the part of GM began long before the government became the major shareholder , it demonstrates most succinctly that once the Feds became a partner of this private corporation and had a vested interest in the success and/or failure of that particular corporation that it abdicated it’s primary function as a watchdog of the public’s interests .

GM CEO Mary Barra Testifies At Congressional Hearing On Ignition Recall Failure

 

GM CEO Mary Barra

 

 

 

” The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors’ new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

  At a hearing on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee, GM’s Mary Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company took too long to act. She promised changes at GM that would prevent such a lapse from happening again.

” If there’s a safety issue, we’re going to make the right change and accept that,” said Barra, who became CEO in January and almost immediately found herself thrust into one of the biggest product safety crises Detroit has ever seen.

  But as relatives of the crash victims looked on intently, she admitted that she didn’t know why it took years for the safety defect to be announced. And she deflected many questions about what went wrong, saying an internal investigation is under way.”

 

 

 

    While we acknowledge that this fiasco/coverup started well before the government took over control of the company the fact remains that we are only getting to the truth nearly six years after the beginning of State control and that , in our eyes makes the State every bit as complicit in these deaths as GM itself . For shame .

As a matter of fact we’d be willing to bet that if the current administration hadn’t made the State “resurrection” of GM a showpiece of it’s stimulus success , that if the government had not been directly involved in the success/failure of the company that the authorities would have served in the role as watchdog and brought these deaths to a halt years ago . 

   The State had no skin in the game with Toyota and had no hesitation in putting the screws to that company  . 

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Safety Group Claims 303 Deaths Linked To Recalled GM Cars

 

GM Recall Scandal

 

” An auto safety group says federal data show there were 303 deaths in recalled General Motors cars in which airbags did not deploy, but GM says the report misrepresents raw information about crashes.

The Center for Auto Safety, a public interest group started by Ralph Nader and Consumers Union, has written to federal safety regulators charging that the number of accidents is far greater than being admitted by GM.

General Motors says it has traced a defect in an ignition switch to at least 12 deaths. The problem caused the car to shut off while driving — disabling the airbag system.

But GM says disputes Center for Auto Safety’s suggestion, reported Thursday night by the New York Times, that all those deaths are tied to the problems with the ignition.”

 

 

    This is a recall that was ten years in the making and there are accusations that GM knew about the problem and covered it up . 

 

 

” The ignition recall covers the 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5, the 2003-07 Saturn Ions, the 2006-07 Chevrolet HHRs, the 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice, and the 2007 Saturn Sky.

  Part of what is being investigated is whether GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ignored signs of problems for too long, which resulted in the subsequent crashes.

  GM’s own filings with NHTSA show that its engineers were aware of a problem at least as early as 2004 and perhaps as early as 2001, yet it did not order a recall of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide until February of this year.”

 

 

   This is what happens when the government has a vested interest in a business’s success . Safety advocates are accusing the NHTSA of malfeasance in not properly investigating the traffic deaths in a timely manner .

 

 

” The Center for Auto Safety complaint about the 303 deaths is in a letter to NHTSA in which it complains that the agency fell down in the job in not requiring GM to order a recall much earlier before most of those fatal crashes.

“The only way NHTSA could not see a defect trend is if it closed its eyes,” said the group’s letter.”

 

Story continues here

 

 

 

 

 

Evidence Mounts That GM Delayed Recall With Deadly Results

” New evidence is surfacing that General Motors has known for years about the deadly defects in its vehicles (as I suggested here last week) that are just now being recalled. The defects have led to the deaths of at least six people and are the basis of an ongoing lawsuit against GM.

  The deadly recall delay by GM has garnered the attention of Mainstream Media as usually GM-friendly sources like USA TodayThe New York Times, CNN Money and even CBS Evening News have rightfully decided that the accusations of deplorable behavior by GM deserve to be shared with the public. It is time for GM to explain its handling of the delayed recall that only came after a lawsuit settlement with one of the victims.”

 So Obama’s Government Motors has been covering up a manufacturing defect that has been known for years and has resulted in numerous deaths . Why are we not surprised at this revelation ?

   Oh yes , it must be because the GM bailout is President Transparency’s signature triumph . What are a few lives in fly-over country when the legacy of the emperor is at stake ?

” A Georgia attorney is alleging that GM knew about the problem since 2004 but failed to undertake a recall until mid-February, when GM (GM, Fortune 500) recalled 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars. The cars’ ignition switch could easily be bumped or shaken out of the “on” position. When that happened, the engine would shut off leading to a loss of power steering and braking assistance. Also, in the event of a collision, the airbags would not work.

GM acknowledged at least 6 deaths resulting from the problem.”

    GM’s own engineers uncovered the problem as early as 2005 but someone made the decision to stifle that information yet no one seems to have died as a result until after General Motors became Government motors . Yet even as the State took over the company and the death toll mounted nothing was done that could have upset the carefully crafted image of a company brought back from the brink of disaster , a phoenix , arising from the ashes on the wings of a big government vulture .

” A GM engineer experienced the problem while test-driving one of the vehicles in 2004 according to deposition transcripts provided to CNNMoney by Cooper. GM’s engineers concluded there was a problem with the ignition switch in 2005, the depositions showed.”

   Nine years … that’s what it took for GM to admit it’s error and launch a recall , and this from one of the most closely watched and scrutinized corporations in America over the past decade . As a matter of fact for half that time the company has essentially been a subsidiary of the US government given Obama’s “investment” of our tax dollars in the preservation of his union cronies jobs . 

    Might that not make the Federal government a co-conspirator in the cover-up and a co-defendant in the class action suit gathering steam as we speak ? We’ve already seen how collusion on “creative accounting” techniques has allowed GM to “repay the loans” from the taxpayers in an amazingly short time . Time enough in fact , to serve as a campaign medal in 2012 , no ?

” The fact that the death that allegedly resulted from the delayed recall occurred in 2010 puts “New” GM in a position where they can not weasel out of responsibility by claiming that “Old” GM was at fault. GM emerged as a “new” company in 2009 after their Obama-manipulated bankruptcy process and any claims by victims of “old” GM were washed away along with the investments of GM’s shareholders and bondholders. GM may also have to answer to its friends in Washington, as it would not go unnoticed if NHTSA does not question the actions of GM as well.”

    So much for the State and it’s highly touted position as overseer of public safety. There is time honored wisdom in not allowing the watched and the watchers to become one in the same , a lesson who’s truth fades as the the State insinuates itself deeper into the affairs of business and health .

” The public should be aware of GM’s reprehensible behavior regarding its botched recall. People have died, and more are at risk because of GM’s refusal to recall all defective vehicles. Let’s hope that continued pressure from media sources encourages GM to start acting in an ethical manner. TV networks should not shy away from asking tough questions about GM’s recall scandal. Money and political power should not shield a corporation that seems to put profits above human lives and GM should be held responsible for its actions.”

    While we are considering placement of fault we would be remiss if we failed to make note of the fact that the people’s self-appointed “watchdogs” in the media have been less than diligent in uncovering this story in the first place . Since this scandalous tale plays out over nearly a decade it seems inconceivable to us that the MSM has not had an inkling of this tragic course of events until the present time .

   That is of course unless the press , in the pursuit of their primary duty of running damage control for the current administration , knew and deemed it not in the best interests of the candidate public to be informed of potential deadly cars produced by their boy’s chosen corporate success story . 

Be sure to read the entire sordid tale from National Legal and Policy Center

Chevy Volt Replacement Battery Cost Varies Wildly, Up To $34,000

 

 

 

 

” There’s a growing hubbub in the plug-in vehicle community over what looks like some ridiculously cheap replacement batteries for the Chevrolet Volt going up for sale. GM Parts Online, for example, is selling a replacement Volt battery with an MSRP of $2,994.64 but, with an online discount, the price comes down to $2,305.88. For the 16-kWh pack in the 2012 Volt, that comes to a very low $144.11 per kilowatt hour (kWH). But is it a real deal? How can it be, when a Chevy dealer may quote you a price of up to $34,000 to replace the pack?

  Battery packs in alternative propulsion vehicles are usually priced by the kWh and, historically, they’ve been thought to be in the range of $500-per-kWh for OEM offerings. Since automakers are understandably secretive about their costs, we still don’t know what the real number is today, but we do know it varies by automaker. Tesla, for example, has said it pays less than $200-per-kWH at the cell level but, of course, a constructed pack would be more. Whatever is going on, li-ion battery prices are trending downward.

  So, $144.11 certainly sounds great, but what’s the story here? Kevin Kelly, manager of electrification technology communications for General Motors, reminded AutoblogGreen that GM Parts Online is not the official GM parts website and that, “the costs indicated on the site are not what we would charge our dealers or owners for a replacement battery. There would be no cost to the Volt owner if their battery needs replacement or repair while the battery is under the eight year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage provided by Chevrolet.”

 

HT/Instapundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Got Bailout , Now Ships Jobs To China

 

 

 

” Saving General Motors from bankruptcy was among President Obama’s most frequently cited achievements when he ran for re-election last year. Democrats everywhere touted the company’s revival as proof of the 2009 bailout’s wisdom. That was then. Now, Obama has quietly released the auto manufacturer from a bailout requirement that it increase its production in the U.S. Instead, GM is spending billions of dollars building up its production capacity in … China.

This is happening despite the fact that the Treasury Department has to date recovered just $36 billion of its original $51 billion loan to GM. By most analysts’ predictions, American taxpayers will be out approximately $10 billion when the remaining stock is sold off. Which is a long way of saying that it now appears that taxpayers paid $10 billion to make it easier for GM to accelerate its foreign outsourcing and send more manufacturing jobs to China.

Here’s what happened: In exchange for the bailout in 2009, GM promised to meet certain domestic car production targets over the next four years. The obvious point of this stipulation was to ensure that GM jobs remained here at home and weren’t shipped overseas. The production targets started at 1.8 million in 2010 and were supposed to rise to 2.26 million by 2014. GM repeatedly missed the targets, beginning with an 81,000-unit shortfall the first year. Production increased thereafter, but never quite enough to meet the targets. Last year, GM fell about 13,000 cars short of its 2 million target.”

 

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   Face it , everyone but Obama’s union cronies got the shaft on his “signature economic success story” and now their time is about to come . Just like with Obamacare , he uses the unions as his foot-soldiers to force his way of things , but at the end of the day the unions end up footing the bill along with the rest of us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dirt On ‘Government Motors’

 

” Maybe the most disturbing news in “American Turnaround,” Ed Whitacre’s new book that describes his stint as head of General Motors, is how naïve he was about what it means to run a company that’s been bailed out by the federal government, and is now regulated by the anti-business types who populate the Obama administration.

As Whitacre takes the job back in 2009, he thinks that the automaker’s government masters are rational people looking to help the company survive and thrive. Along the way, he finds out that they’re not.

In fact, their true goal wasn’t to maximize profits to ensure GM survives for the long term, but to keep control of the company as long as possible (the feds still hold a 26 percent stake today) to both keep its union allies fat and happy and to please its green buddies by forcing GM to produce hybrid vehicles that the vast majority of Americans can’t afford now, and never will.”

… show Obama administration’s deep involvement in Delphi pension scandal

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  ” Internal Treasury Department documents described as
“highly confidential” and obtained by The Daily Caller
show a greater level of involvement in the Delphi
pension scandal from senior officials in the Obama
administration than has been previously acknowledged.
A July 2009 document prepared by the Pension Benefit
Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) titled “Treasury Talking
Points re: Delphi” shows coordination between high-level
players inside the PBGC and Treasury Department. The
document was an attachment to a July 7, 2009 email from
PBGC’s Joseph House to Treasury’s Matthew Feldman,
Oren Haker and Paul Nathanson.

  The talking points show that the PBGC thought the “[v]ast
majority of individual’s [sic] covered by Delphi [pension]
Plans” were “career GM ‘brethren’ distinguishable only
by the 1999 spin-out” of Delphi from its former parent
company, General Motors.
Only those “brethren” who were union members,
however, saw their pensions preserved in the 2009 auto
bailout. Nonunion Delphi retirees lost theirs. (RELATED:
TheDC’s complete coverage of the Delphi pension
scandal). ”

Posted by John Galt

One Note Charlie

“Osama bin Laden is dead, General Motors is alive,”

 

 

 ” On ABC’s “This Week,” former White House green jobs czar Van Jones called his old boss a “towering figure in foreign policy: You’ve got somebody with a Nobel Peace Prize and he killed bin Laden.” The administration has also leaked details of the raid and cooperated in the making of a Hollywood movie on the raid that is due later this year.

Those of us at The Washington Examiner fist-pumped like everyone else when we heard the news that the SEALs had taken out bin Laden. But is this a grand foreign policy triumph for the ages? We don’t think so, especially given recent events. And one successful assassination does not a coherent foreign policy make. “

“Insight: GM’s Volt…

…The ugly math of low sales, high costs”

  “Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts.

Cheap Volt lease offers meant to drive more customers to Chevy showrooms this summer may have pushed that loss even higher. There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce.

And while the loss per vehicle will shrink as more are built and sold, GM is still years away from making money on the Volt, which will soon face new competitors from Ford, Honda and others.”

” Government Motors opened plant in China four months after closing plant in Wisconsin “

   “A bailed out General Motors expanded its small truck and SUV manufacturing in China soon after closing down similar facilities in Janesville, Wisconsin—the plant Barack Obama pledged to save
and keep open for “another hundred years” in 2008.

  GM has increased its manufacturing capacity in China by 55 percent since emerging from bankruptcy thanks to a $ 50 billion bailout from taxpayers. An
important piece of that increased
capacity has taken place in Changchun, Jilin Province in China.”

General Motors’ Share Price Tanks: Taxpayers On the Hook

 

“General Motors claimed record profits in 2011, but the company’s share price just hit an all-time low. The 40% decline from the bailed-out company’s IPO share price of $33 to $19.36 follows upon news of government-inflated sales figures and risky lending practices.

The approaching bankruptcy of GM in 2009 put taxpayers on the hook for $50 billion, but the entire taxpayer “investment” in the failed union-dominated enterprise has been at least $82 billion. Former “Auto Czar” Steven Rattner admitted in December 2011 that taxpayers would lose at least $14 billion in GM sponsorship”

 

 

” It’s no secret that the Obama administration (including Obama himself, who reassured the UAW that he’d personally buy a Volt when his presidency ended) has been flacking for the Volt for a long time — but that’s kind of unfortunate for them (and for GM) because it helps set the stage for what an abysmal failure the car has
been. ”

As Steven Green points out , the success of Dear Leader’s voltswagen  ( poor analogy I know given the ubiquitous presence of the Bug , but I couldn’t resist , I’m easily amused I guess ) , I mean Volt , has been a fitting example of the endless downward revisionism we are subjected to as the left tries to justify their failed policies .
   
   They have gone from saying that a sales figure of 10,000 per month , a number touted by the Obama Administration , was likely, to saying that 5000 was a victory , to again lowering the bar for success to 3000 . Don’t forget now that the cars were flying out the door so fast that GM had to shut production down to offer their employees a little R&R… LOL
    Now that is popularity on a massive scale . With total Volt sales for 2011 at 7700 units and maybe another 4-5000 this year that isn’t exactly a tidal rush of demand is it ? On top of that we have no idea how much monkey business has been used to create these sales figures . Let us not forget the tax-payer subsidies in the form of rebates .
    Suffice to say that even if they have to give them away we will be tirelessly regaled of the success of Detroit’s comeback in general and the  wisdom of seer Obama and his Voltswagen . It is an election year after all and the  Bootlick media um DNC is in full campaign mode