GM Engineer Jim Federico Retires

By | May 05, 2014
General Motors announced today that Jim Federico, an engineering executive who led a 2012 analysis into defective ignition switches, has retired. In October 2012, Federico and a group of engineers discussed whether to increase the torque on the switches to prevent slipping, and they also investigated why the switches stopped sensors from deploying airbags. In recent years, he led GM's global small car development and vehicle integration team. GM said Federico is retiring "to take on new engineering and design challenges outside of the auto industry." Earlier this year, GM recalled 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. At least 13 deaths have been linked to this issue. GM said it discovered the problem back in 2001, when it was revealed the switches could slip out of the run position and disable power steering and airbags.
Amid the massive recall, there have been a few changes to GM's staff. A few executives have retired voluntarily, citing reasons unrelated to the recall, and two engineers have been suspended in connection with the ignition switch issue. Also, GM has divided its engineering team into two separate divisions, and it also appointed a new Vehicle Safety Chief to handle future recalls. According to GM, Federico's decision to retire is unrelated to the ignition switch recall. Congress is waiting for GM to release an internal report that will provide more details into exactly what happened with these ignition switches. Source: Automotive News (Subscription May Be Required)