GM Parts Order Center Of New Evidence Surrounding Ignition Recall

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
gm parts order center of new evidence surrounding ignition recall

Just when you thought the meat of the story had long since been consumed, a lovely roast was just delivered courtesy of an email chain between General Motors and Delphi regarding a large order of parts months ahead of the February 2014 ignition switch recall.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the chain occurred nearly a year ago in mid-December 2013, when GM ordered 500,000 replacement switches from its supplier a day after senior execs discussed the issue surrounding the Chevrolet Cobalt. The automaker also asked for an aggressive timetable between production and delivery.

The emails come from a discovery order linked to a case currently being heard in New York, led by attorney Bob Hilliard. While Delphi and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration both declined to talk about them, GM representative Alan Adler said his company followed protocol in submitting a complete timeline regarding the recall, and “wasn’t required to disclose details of a parts order.”

The emails also don’t appear in the 315-page Valukas report, the results of the independent investigation led by attorney Anton Valukas. Valukas stated that he was hired by GM to only look for why the recall didn’t happen sooner than it had, Adler adding that the automaker did not attempt to influence the investigation. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut thinks GM might as well have done as much:

This order for 500,000 parts raises deeply disturbing questions about the validity of the Valukas report, but more important, the timeline of GM’s effort to protect its car owners. The question is why the delay and how many lives were put at risk since GM waited at least two months before issuing a recall even though it had already decided to order parts?

The emails surrounding the parts order will likely be used by a number of attorneys representing numerous class-action suits, seeking damages for everything from injury and death, to loss of resale value.

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  • Rday Rday on Nov 11, 2014

    Over the period of about 6 years we owned three windstar vans. 95, 97 and 96. Bought them used with low mileage and drove them each two years and added 100k to their speedometers. Then wholesaled them out with 150k miles on each of them. with the last two i noticed that my key for the 97 worked in the 96 too. The key profiles were vastly different so I guess the looseness of the key mechanism was to blame. Carried alot of keys on the keyring so I guess ford just builds a better ignition locking mechanism. Great to not need an extra set of keys.

    • Greaseyknight Greaseyknight on Nov 11, 2014

      Its more of a problem with the pins in the tumbler being worn vs the whole ignition switch. Honda's of the 90's are famous for this, just shave a Honda key down and voila a universal key for helping yourself to other folks's Honda.

  • Johnster Johnster on Nov 11, 2014

    And just when GM thought that they had dodged the bullet and that the Takata airbag scandal would take the heat off of them.

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that