For the owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs, the days of parking them outside the garage for fear that they could catch fire will soon come to an end.
The company came under fire last week because the family of a Connecticut woman who died in a 2003 crash had not been notified that her crash had been linked to a faulty switch, even though GM knew for years.
Senator Richard Blumenthal says it’s “unconscionable” that the family of a Connecticut woman never was told she was killed in a crash believed to have involved a faulty General Motors ignition system.
“I want it understood that they day of GM being a polite competitor is over,” Barra tells the Detroit Economic Club.
The automaker posted a net profit of $1.38 billion, or 81 cents per share, from July through September.
Despite the heavy publicity surrounding the scandal, many drivers evidently haven’t heard of the recall or haven’t grasped how serious the defect is…
The recalls involve the Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X, as well as the Chevrolet Spark.
GM and Chrysler sales increase 19 percent. Ford sales drop 3 percent.
September sales won’t be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong.
The death toll from crashes involving GM small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.