GM Works to Fix Ignition Issues on Larger Vehicles
While General Motors may be slipping under the weight of the mass ignition switch recalls, it is trying to climb out of its hole and fix the issues in its larger cars, as they are more profitable than the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. In a report submitted to federal regulators, the documents show that on top of working on specific models before addressing the large majority of the affected models, the company has also redesigned ignition switches without issuing recalls or stopping the old parts from being used. These issues point to Ray DeGiorgio, the engineer responsible for the Cobalt switch. GM spokesman Alan Adler said last week that the redesigns are routine, that "It wasn't because of anything that was seen as a safety issue. Part changes are not unusual. Engineers are constantly working on a vehicle. They don't just launch and then stop." Looking just at the case of the Cobalt, it seems as if engineers were trying to prevent raising the costs of the model, and were not knowingly compromising the safety of the vehicle. While DeGiorgio has since been fired for his oversight on modifying the ignition switch that also went into the Pontiac Grand Prix without a part number change, even CEO Mary Barra feels this was a clear violation of "Engineering 101." The company is still looking into the number of crashes and fatalities associated with this recall, with the count up to 16 fatalities and 54 accidents. In all instances, the ignition switch slipped out of the "run" position and cut engine power. The first fatality occurred in late 2003. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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