Failure to Recall: Investigating GM

Driving GM's flawed ignition switch

  • Shop foreman John Chapman performs a service recall on a General Motors 2005 Saturn Ion at Liberty Chevrolet in New Hudson, Michigan, U.S., on Friday, April 25, 2014.

    General Motors has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. government over its ongoing ignition switch recall.

  • Brand new Chevrolet cars are displayed at a Chevrolet dealership in Colma, California.
    By: Michael Beyman, Associate Producer

    When a major recall is announced, dealerships find themselves on the commercial front lines.

  • 1980 Ford Thunderbird

    Since 1969, millions of cars have been recalled after being deemed threats. CNBC.com takes a look at these cars, from the 1971 Pinto to this year's growing list of recalls.

  • Mary Barra testifying on Capitol Hill on April 2, 2014, about faulty GM ignition switches.

    To understand how General Motors failed to address major safety problems, you have to examine the culture there before Mary Barra became CEO.

  • Driving GM's flawed ignition switch

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau drives a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, one of 2.6 million GM vehicles recalled for a faulty ignition switch. With him on a Connecticut test track is Jake Fisher, the Director of Auto Testing at the non-profit Consumer Reports. Fisher demonstrates how the faulty switch can inadvertently shut off the engine, even while driving, disabling the power steering, power brakes and airbags.

  • 'Was NHTSA asleep at the wheel?'

    Critics say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency charged with policing automakers, missed vital clues to the faulty ignition switch - while NHTSA's new chief blames GM for withholding crucial information.

  • It Happened to Me

    One woman's account of repeated stalling in her brand new Chevy Cobalt and the ensuing fight with her dealership to take the car back.

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  • CNBC tells the story of General Motors, under intense scrutiny amid revelations it knew of a potentially dangerous defect for years before ordering a recall. Correspondent Phil LeBeau takes viewers inside the unfolding scandal and reports on a company in crisis.

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