April 1st, 2014
10:57 AM ET

GM Recalls Reach Nearly 7 Million

General Motors has recalled nearly 7 million vehicles so far this year, almost as many cars and trucks as it recalled in the United States over the last four years combined.

The 7 million figure includes recalls in Canada and Mexico as well as cars and trucks exported outside of North America that needed to be recalled and fixed.

The latest was on Monday when GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles, mostly in the U.S., to fix a problem in power steering.

The company said Monday it will take a $750 million charge against earnings in the first three months of the year to cover the cost of all the repairs, up from its earlier estimate of $300 million.

But the company is now getting grilled because it took 10 years between the time it discovered a problem with an ignition switch and its decision to recall 2.6 million of the small cars earlier this year. That flawed switch, which could shut off the car while driving and disable the airbag, power steering and anti-lock brakes, has been tied to at least 13 deaths.

GM CEO Mary Barra met with some of the families of people killed in those cars at the company's Washington, D.C., offices Monday night, the company confirmed.

Laura Christian, the birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, says the CEO can apologize but  it's "too little, too late."

Her daughter was 16 when she died in a car accident  as her ignition was off and her airbags were disabled when her 2005 Chevy Cobalt slammed into a tree.

Christian and Terry DiBattista, Rose's adoptive mother, spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo, demanding changes from GM as Barra faces two days of testimony before House and Senate panels Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  1. West

    Amber Marie Rose had a BAC of .17 and was going 69MPH in a residential neighborhood, yet this is GMs fault?

    April 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Terry DiBattista

      Yes she had a high BAC but the fact of the matter is she made a bad decision but if the safety features in the car had of worked she would be alive. The safety features is why we picked the car. The car didn't know she was drunk. The same thing could have happened on any given day whether she was drinking or not. The fact is GM hid the fact that the car had faulty parts even before it hit the showroom. I am sure had this been on of your relatives or kids you would have a different view. I know Amber was wrong but she was 16 and like I said made a bad decision. I am calling for reform for all families. Most died and were not drinking at all and some even had on their safety belts.

      April 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
      • alex

        So if she wasn't drinking, she would still be going more than twice the legal speed limit?

        April 10, 2014 at 7:03 am |

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