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GM gets thrown on hot seat while Toyota takes a cruise



Published: Wed, April 16, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

GM gets thrown on hot seat while Toyota takes a cruise

Another dilemma for the auto industry, but there is a difference to this one with General Motors Co. You remember Toyota being sued for the largest auto industry fine ever. But you will notice they had no congressional hearings. Why is that?

They just had to pay the fine without all the fanfare. So the public would not dwell on the subject. All of the problems and in knowing about problems with Toyota were the same as with GM. But GM is given the hot-seat treatment.

This nation has become so anti-American it’s scary. Almost everything we buy is made out of this country.

As to the faulty ignition switches on certain GM cars, I was in quality control when I worked for GM for some years and have first-hand knowledge of quality situations. Points to ponder:

(1) Some years ago, GM put out a memorandum about ignition switches. That information stated that anyone using a key chain with too much on it, making it heavy, could cause a problem with the ignition switch shorting out. How many of the accidents had this situation? You will notice this information was not discussed in the recent GM problem with ignition switches. I am very saddened about the loss of life in the recent problems with the ignition switches.

(2) Even if the ignition switch shorts out, the car still can be controlled. The steering and brakes still will function. The steering can be locked only if the switch is in the lock position, and this does not happen when the switch shorts out. The brakes may not be power brakes, but they still function.

(3) Having the ignition switch short out is certainly an emergency. But, there is something called the emergency brake, of which the ignition switch has no connection in any way.

(4) A car can be put into the neutral position to also keep you from a crash.

(5) The worst part is that people are taught how to drive a car, but are never shown what to do in an emergency. I believe all of the deaths could have been avoided if the above information had been implemented to some degree.

Rea Buttermore, Boardman


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1commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Rea, By your defense of the GM recall I could tell you worked for GM before you stated it!!
You don't remember ALL of the publicity that Toyota had for the gas pedals?
Let's review your comments:
1- GM put out a "memo" that the ignition switch COULD turn off if other items were on the key chain. --WHO received this "memo" dealers or the customer?
2-4 You should know being a "quality control" person that IF a ignition switch is turned off while driving, the car has NO power steering and NO power brakes. If someone is driving on a highway and the power steering quits working, do you REALLY believe that the FIRST thing a person is going to do is apply the emergency brake??? Wouldn't you try to apply the normal brake and try to turn the car off of the road? With no power steering it would be harder to turn the wheels then cars, years ago, with out power steering.
5- So it's the dead people's fault for not knowing how to drive a car that failed them?

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2redeye1(4629 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

It was alright for GM to take our monies to keep afloat , but now that they have a MAJOR recall we are suppose to look the other way. I guess that's being UNAMERICAN when we don't !!!!
Secondly GM knew they had a problem for over 10 yrs. and did nothing to correct it.
Third This happen to a friend of mine just last year , when the engine died the steering locked up and he had hardly any control, But, he was smart enough to retry starting the engine , that freed up the steering. .He no longer has the car, and he won't be buying any GM cars anytime soon.

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3commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Now GM wants the courts to rule that it was the "old GM" that had the problem. Didn't the problem continue in the "new GM" and was also covered up.
If GM really wanted to correct the ignition problem they would have changed them to the "push button" start switches as soon as they knew they had a problem.

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4papa1(689 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

anyone who thinks that politics aren's involved in this is stupid! remember when repubs called gm "Obama motors"? that is exactly why they were grilled by congress. to make Obama look bad. that's what they're all about. hate. any chance they get to take shots at Obama they will. it's all about hate. repubs in congress are despicable, and traitors to the American people! this has nothing to do with people dying and gm. it's all about hating Obama.

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5uptowngirl(116 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

The American taxpayers did not bail Toyota out of bankruptcy and that is the game changer. Actually papa1 it is the Democrats pushing the hearings--anything to get the Obamacare failure out of the public's mind.

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6commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

papa1, GM could have fixed the problem years ago with a 57 cent fix but didn't want it to become public information and sat on the problem until 13 died (what if one of those people were related to YOU, would you feel the same and try to blame the Republicans?)
Oh by the way, GM was/is called Government Motors, which brings up another question---did the government know about this problem??

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7billdog1(1590 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Blah, blah, blah, now go sit in a corner and pretend like the rest. ALL CARS ARE A MACHINE, ALL MACHINES ARE FALLIBLE. I BELIEVE THE ARGUMENT OF WE NEED TO TEACH WHAT TO DO IF AND WHEN YOUR MACHINE FAILS IS WHAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO IN THIS LETTER. AMERICAN'S SEEM TO HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW GENE. IT'S, THE IF THERE IS EVEN A REMOTE CHANGE TO GET A DOLLAR, SUE GENE.

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8redeye1(4629 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

papa1 You have to be the BIGGEST RACIST ever to post on this site. How come when someone or some company does wrong and the GOP stands up for the citizens They are hate mongers, racists etc. I have to wonder if you had a relative killed by a GM car if you would feel the same. My bet is NO!

billidog You are probably the first person to sue someone if they caused you or your family harm .Yes, if I did find out that someone such as GM hid a problem from us and it caused a death in my family I would sue the living hell out of them. As far as machines being FALLIBLE yes I agree , but when they know of the problem and do nothing to solve it THAT"S WRONG!!!!!!!!

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