Monday morning car news roundup, March 31, 2014

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GM edition:

  • GM expands ignition switch recall as cautionary measure – Just-auto: Though modified ignition switches were fitted at the factory, General Motors is now recalling some 2008-2011 models because it has no way of knowing if any car has since been repaired using one of the older types of switch.
  • GM hearing will test automaker’s deep Washington ties – Washington Post: General Motors chief executive Mary Barra got the royal treatment when she visited Washington in January: a mention in the State of the Union address, a seat in the first lady’s box and a warm welcome from lawmakers in both parties.
  • Delphi told panel GM approved ignition switches below specifications – Reuters:  General Motors Co approved ignition switches for cars that have been linked to 13 deaths, even though the parts did not appear to meet the company’s specifications, officials of Delphi Automotive told U.S. congressional investigators.
  • Congress to eye GM ignition switch approval process – Just-auto: General Motors approved ignition switches for cars that have been linked to 13 deaths, even though the parts did not appear to meet the company’s specifications, Delphi Automotive officials have told US congressional investigators.
  • GM recalls newly launched trucks and SUVs for pipe check – Just-auto: General Motors will recall the recently launched 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission to check an oil cooler line.
  • GM recalls Chevrolet Cruze turbo for half shaft check – Just-auto: General Motors said a recall – announced at the weekend – of the 1.4-litre turbocharged version of the Chevrolet Cruze allows dealers to resume selling models that were placed on stop sale on Thursday evening as soon as a half shaft inspection is complete and any necessary repairs are made.
  • GM Pulls Opel Out of China; Will Play Larger Role in U.S. – thedetroitbureau.com:Barely a month after GM pulled Chevrolet out of Europe as part of a continuing global brand realignment, the maker is pulling Opel out of China. The brand never took off in China and will instead focus on its home market of Europe while lending support to GM’s brands in China and the U.S.

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