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Impala Recall Linked to Chinese-Made Parts

Tina Robinson2 years ago

General Motors has said the ignition parts in the 3.4 million cars recalled earlier this month were built by Chinese manufacturer Dalian Alps Electronics Company LTD, according to the Detroit News.

GM Recall Notice Filed with NHTSA

In a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informing the safety regulators of the recall, GM said the ignition parts in recalled mid- to large-size vehicles were made by a Chinese auto parts maker. The 3.4 million vehicles were recalled in mid-June due to ignition keys that can cause engine stalls and disable airbags and other standard safety features.The defect has been linked to six injuries and eight crashes.

Unlike the small-car ignition recall announced in February and March, GM says it will not replace the ignition switches in the latest recall. Instead, GM dealers will put a key insert into the GM key and provide owners will two 13mm key rings. The change, GM says, will prevent the ignitions from slipping out of the “run” position. Owners will not be reimbursed for any previous ignition repairs.

Questions were raised about whether or not GM was aware of the Impala ignition problems for years during a House hearing on June 18. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) asked CEO Mary Barra about an e-mail from a GM employee written in 2005 which questioned the safety of the Impala. Laura Andres, after experiencing an engine stall from a bump in the road, wrote, “I think this is a serious safety problem, especially if this switch is on multiple programs. I’m thinking big recall.”

Chevy Camaro Recall

GM also recalled over 500,000 Chevy Camaros just days before announcing the Impala recall. The issue in those vehicles was also poorly designed keys that can cause ignition problems.

Overall, GM has recalled more than 20 million vehicles worldwide with 44 separate recalls this year. The automaker is under investigation by two congressional panels, the Department of Justice, the SEC, and various state attorney generals. The company has also been the subject of numerous lawsuits seeking compensation for victims and their families.

GM Compensation Fund

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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