By on June 5, 2014

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit

Automotive News reports General Motors will release Thursday the results of attorney Anton Valukas’s three-month independent internal investigation into how and where the automaker went wrong before recalling 2.6 million vehicles affected by an out-of-spec ignition switch linked to 47 accidents and at least 13 fatalities. The announcement will come at 9 a.m. Eastern via webcast, with what CEO Mary Barra says will be an “unvarnished” look at the events surrounding the recall. In addition, GM will have an update on plans for compensating victims of the switch, though the attorney heading up the affair, Kenneth Feinberg, says a formal announcement won’t come until a few weeks down the road. Reuters adds the Valukas report will likely exonerate Barra, former CEO Dan Akerson and other senior execs and board members of any wrongdoing over the recall, with “a number of people” to be formally dismissed from the company due to their ties to recall. The report will be turned over to the federal government by the end of June.

Speaking of turned-over documents, The Detroit News reports some 1 million pages of records linked to the ignition switch have been turned over to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee in its investigation into the matter, now expected to last well into the summer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also delivered a total of 15,000 documents related to its handling of the recall to the committee, as well. As for when Barra will return for a second round of testimony before Congress, the first potential date may be set sometime in July at the earliest.

Finally, Reuters says Canadian labor union Unifor will strike at GM supplier Johnson Controls Whitby, Ontario plant if the powers that be refuse to reconsider plans to shut down the plant and move production outside of Canada in two years. The strike would “shut down GM” at its Oshawa plant according to statements made before the 36th UAW Constitutional Congress by Unifor president Jerry Dias, with the strike and negotiations set to commence in August. The Whitby plant supplies interior components for the Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, which are assembled in Oshawa alongside the Cadillac XTS and Buick Regal.

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6 Comments on “General Motors To Release Valukas Report On Ignition Switch Thursday...”


  • avatar
    VoGo

    I was expecting to see a picture of a report with a sheet over it. Or a set of spy shots of the report ‘leaked’ to Brenda Priddy. Or maybe even a web movie by a famous director showing Clive Owen driving Madonna around with a briefcase containing said report.

    This is like the worst web tease ever by a carmaker!

  • avatar
    mikey

    So UNIFOR President Jerry Dias, tells the UAW that he plans on striking, a supplier, to prevent said supplier from moving to the U.S where the new plant will be UAW represented?

    Oh wait there’s more. UNIFOR has set an August date to carry out this threat. Great strategy there Jerry. GM, and Johnson Controls now have 2 months and 2 to 3 weeks of summer shutdowns to put together a back up plan.

  • avatar
    mikey

    I just watched some of the news conference. I believe Mary is sincere. I don’t recall ever seeing anybody at her level ever being so forthcoming.

  • avatar
    Potemkin

    Sincere or not she has the taint of a GM lifer. That may serve her well knowing how the system works so as to root out this type of screw up. Or she may fire a few for the press and then go back to business as usual.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Really hard telling with GM. Today we are addressing the ignition switch recalls that took ten years before the recall was issued.

      What GM recalls await us next year, or the year after that? And how long will those recalls have been in the making?

      People who choose to buy GM DESERVE whatever they get. The smarter buyers take the whole thing in context and know that GM has a considerable track record of obfuscation, denial, misdirection and misinformation, based on previous recalls.

      Caveat Emptor, especially when it comes to GM!

  • avatar
    fourthreezee

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who grew up in the 70′s, 80′s or 90′s –

    For that matter, anyone who comments in these pages who also owns a GM car… I frankly don’t take seriously.

    – Friends don’t let friends buy GM cars -


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