Sonari Glinton http://aspenpublicradio.org en Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-call-gms-top-lawyer-step-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At a Senate hearing today, there were calls for General Motors top lawyer to step down. Recent media reports have made clear that company lawyers knew faulty ignition switches were causing fatal accidents. Despite that GM blocked internal efforts to issue a recall and they kept information from federal safety regulators. The ignition defect is responsible for at least 13 deaths and will cost GM billions of dollars. NPR's Sonari Glinton has the latest.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Congressional hearings have a sort of rhythm. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 21713 at http://aspenpublicradio.org It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/its-year-recall-and-it-finds-gm-busy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. It's the year of recalls in the auto industry, especially for General Motors. This week GM announced another slew of them, bringing its total to 54 recalls this year. Other automakers are also recalling more vehicles, but it's at GM where the pace is so fast, that it's hard to keep track. But NPR's Sonari Glinton is keeping track and he now joins us to talk about how the company is handling all of these recalls. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 20956 at http://aspenpublicradio.org In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/gms-payout-plan-end-road-long-way Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Today, General Motors expanded its recall of vehicles with bad ignition switches, bringing the total of the year to more than 28 million cars. Meanwhile, there is now a plan to compensate victims of crashes involving the defective switches, which have been linked to at least 13 deaths. That program is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the 9/11 victims' fund. The payouts involving fatalities begin at $1 million. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 20841 at http://aspenpublicradio.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/carmakers-recall-vehicles-dealers-might-make-profit The auto industry is cruising toward a record number of safety recalls: GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, and most carmakers have lowered the bar for the kind of problems that'll have them sending you back to your local dealers.<p>But while that sounds like bad news, it turns out that recalls can have an upside — at least for car dealers.<p>Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, explains that dealerships can actually make money when carmakers discover defects. The reason? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:56:18 +0000 Sonari Glinton 20415 at http://aspenpublicradio.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/gm-chief-makes-return-trip-hill-where-grilling-awaits General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 20224 at http://aspenpublicradio.org