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GM Ignition Recall Investigation to Focus on Delphi

Tina Robinson2 years ago

Delphi, the manufacturer of the defective ignition switches that triggered the GM ignition recall affecting 2.6 million Cobalt, Ion, and related cars, has largely flown under investigators’ radar. Now, as new documents were released by a House committee on Thursday, investigations are expected to widen their focus to what role Delphi played, says a New York Times article.

Valukas Denied Access to Delphi Employees

Jenner & Block chairman Anton Valukas was hired in March by GM to conduct a thorough investigation into the how and why it took the automaker more than a decade to recall vehicles with defective ignition switches. The findings of Valukas were released to the public in early June in the so-called Valukas report.

Although Valukas stated that GM provided unfettered access to documents and employees, the same type of access was not forthcoming from parts supplier Delphi. In fact, Valukas was denied access to interview Delphi employees even though recently released documents fully indicate that some Delphi employees knew about problems with the switches.

E-mail exchanges between Delphi and GM engineers make it clear that multiple people at Delphi knew that the ignition switches failed to meet torque specifications. It’s also clear that Delphi employees knew that GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio quietly redesigned in the switch in 2006 without giving the switch a new part number. DeGiorgio has since been fired by GM and much of the Valukas report blames DeGiorgio’s actions for the ignition switch problems.

Senate Commerce Committee to Call on Delphi

The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to hold additional hearings this summer as it continues its investigation. It is also expected that Delphi employees will be called on to testify. The NY Times is reporting that several Delphi employees have already met with Congressional staff members.

Continued Woes for GM

Recalls have continued to pile-up for GM in the months following the ignition switch recall announcement. The company has 44 open recalls affecting more than 20 million vehicles nationwide. On Thursday, the company announced a recall for about 29,000 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans with defective Takata airbags. Earlier this month, GM recalled over 500,000 newer Chevy Camaros and more than 3 million mid- to large-size vehicles with ignition problems similar to the Cobalt and Ions.

Thomas J. Henry Represents GM Recall Victims

Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall. As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured. 


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