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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Damon Szatkowski, a 20 year old Dallas man and his mother, Karen, have filed a civil lawsuit against General Motors and the dealership where he purchased his vehicle, which subsequently crashed due to a supposed faulty ignition switch.

When he was 17, in 2011, Szatkowski was driving his 2006 Pontiac Solstice, bought for him by his uncle, Jeffrey Pyros at Rick Weaver Buick and Pontiac in Erie.

Unfortunately that particular make and model had a dangerous defect with the ignition switch which would turn itself off, losing the steering, brake and airbags. 

The car suddenly ran into a wall in North Street, Luzerne, and the airbag did not deploy, leaving Szatlowski with severe and permanent brain injuries, as well as physical injuries. According to the law suit, General Motors knew about this problem well before the crash and had sent out an information service bulletin to its dealers in 2005, warning about a stalling problem due to the faulty ignition switch.

More than two years later, in 2014, General Motors began to recall some of its vehicles, including the same Pontiac Solstice because of the defective switch.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

More than two years since the 290 meter Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner ran aground near the island of Giglio in Tuscany, resulting in the deaths of 32 people, it has been refloated and will be towed away and scrapped.

The captain of the ship at the time it sank, Francesco Schettino is on trial for manslaughter and causing the shipwreck, as he was sailing too close to the shore. He is also charged with abandoning ship, but is fighting all charges.

It was one of the biggest salvage operations ever carried out and the engineer in charge, Franco Porcellachia said that it took seven hours to raise the 114,500 ton vessel some two meters out of the water and that the sixth deck of the ship had started to emerge, which would shortly be followed by the rest of the decks and then the ship would be ready to leave for Genoa where it would be scrapped.

Following its departure, work would continue to search for the final missing body which has never been accounted for.
Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said at a news conference, that the salvage and departure of the Concordia would close a dramaticchapter for the country.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

A massive salvage operation has been taking place to enable the Costa Concordia cruise liner to be refloated and travel to Genoa where she will be scrapped by a consortium of companies. Once the ship has been refloated, in Giglio, Tuscany, where she sank, she will be stabilized with cables and then towed to Genoa, northern Italy on July 21.

The 114,500 ton Costa Concordia ran aground off the cost of Giglio, more than two years ago when the captain, Francesco Schettino apparently sailed too close to the shore, causing the deaths of 32 people. Schettino is currently denying further charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship.

The cost of the salvage operation, damage to Giglio and the disaster itself is thought to be costing the ship’s owner, Costa Crociere, part of Carnival Corp., more than $2.05 billion.

Once she has left en route for Genoa the search will continue for the body of the final missing passenger which has never been found.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Late on Friday night, Fourth of July, near the Dinner Key Marina in Biscayne Bay and following a fireworks display, a crowd of boaters were making their way back to the shore. Celebration turned into tragedy when one vessel crashed into another which then collided with yet another and five people were thrown into the water. Up to 12 were taken to local hospitals where two of the victims died the same night. Two more bodies were pulled out of the water on Saturday morning. The victims included several children with minor injuries and one person is still critical in hospital. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is currently investigating the incident and declined to comment further, although one theory is they were all racing back to the boat ramp to get out of the water. The names and ages of the victims have not yet been released.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A civil suit has been issued against General Motors by a 20 year old Dallas man, Damon Szatkowski, and his mother, Karen, alleging that they knew about a faulty ignition switch in a 2006 Pontiac Solstice, driven by Szatkowski in 2011, which crashed into a wall causing him severe and permanent brain and physical injuries.


The defective switch meant that the power steering and brakes ceased to function and the airbag did not deploy.

The lawsuit states that GM had known about the problem prior to the accident, and in fact they did begin to recall vehicles, including the 2006 Pontiac Solstice, at the beginning of this year.

Szatkowski and his mother, Karen, filed the suit in Luzerne County Court through Philadelphia-based lawyers Ross Feller Casey.

Their lawyer Matt Casey who is from Scranton, said that General Motors should take a lesson from the suffering and struggle of Szatlowski and impart the values he was displaying such as commitment, diligence and fortitude and apply them to the way they ran their company

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Compensation Plan for Car Crash Victims announced by GM

This past week, General Motors has announced that it is recalling 8.4 million vehicles around the world due to the continued problems with the ignition switch. The same problem has led to recalls in the past five months.

At the same time as the new recall was announced, GM has appointed lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, an independent compensation expert, who announced details of the plan to issue compensation to the victims and families injured in car accidents as a result of the faulty ignition switch.

Feinberg outlined the plan, which will pay more than $1 million to each of the families of the victims of the crashes, and those who were injured will also receive a substantial sum. No one knows exactly how much the total compensation package will be, although it is thought that it could run into billions of dollars. Feinberg believes that the independent operation of the compensation plan will go some way to restoring the faith of the public in GM and will also save the company and the victims and families of victims from having to be involved in protracted legal battles.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why did GM not recall vehicles earlier?

The CEO of General Motors has appeared for the third time this year in from of a Congressional Committee to answer questions about safety issues concerning the faulty ignition switch fitted to some GM cars.

She was accused of neglecting safety as GM was warned about the ignition switch problem as far back as 2005 by one of its employees who was actually driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala when the switch failed, leading to a locking up of the power steering and brakes. The employee advised GM management that they should carry out a recall, but no action was taken. Since then, the faulty switch is thought to have caused several car accidents and at least 13 deaths.

United States lawmakers and Congressional officials demanded answers as to not only why there were so many terrible safety failures but why GM failed to deal with them for so many years. The car maker has since carried out several recalls. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Yet another recall for General Motors

General Motors, the biggest American car manufacturer, has now announced even more vehicle recalls, bringing the total number to 34 and meaning that now nearly 14 million vehicles have been recalled in the United Sates and almost 16 million worldwide. Of these, 2.6 million are for the faulty ignition switch which causes steering and brakes to lock up when the car is moving and is thought to have been responsible for 13 deaths.

This latest recall is for the Chevrolet Silverado, the 2014 and 2015 GMC Sierra, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon and is for around 100,000 trucks and cars around the world.

General Motors have now released details of an internal investigation which has proved that many of the engineers working for the company and other employees at a less senior level knew about the problem with the switch but that no action was taken. The report went on to find many of the senior executives innocent of any wrong doing. 

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

CEO of General Motors fires employees

Mary Barra, the new chief executive officer for General Motors has announced that following an internal investigation by a former federal prosecutor, which led to the publication of report on the problem with faulty ignition switches, some 15 employees had been fired and another five were to face disciplinary action

She said that the some of the dismissals were due to misconduct and gross incompetence and others were as people did nothing to confront and solve the problem. She went on to say that GM had failed to meet the needs of those who owned vehicles fitted with the faulty switch.

The faulty switches, which led to the deaths of at least 13 people, were known about by as many as 20 employees, but there was a delay of a decade in calling for a recall, which, according to the report was part of an overall pattern of neglect and incompetence which was apparent throughout General Motors.  

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

General Motors fined S35 million

General Motors has been fined $35 million by the US Department of Transportation, following an investigation as to why it took the company ten years to address the problem of a faulty ignition switch, even though engineers had been well aware of the issue. The company also said it would instigate new measures to ensure that safety issues moved higher up the agenda, appointing up to 40 more safety investigators and establishing a new position of vice president of global vehicle safety.

It is thought that there have been at least 13 deaths due to crashes caused by the ignition switch problem, which causes power to be turned off whilst the vehicle in moving, closing down power steering, brakes and then airbags not to function.

Customers had been advising GM about the issue as far back as 2001, but for some inexplicable reason the first recall only took place in February this year. 

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