Neutral: On the assumption that both GM and NHTSA are seeing the same types of crash data, then your question is absolutely worthwhile: GM has actually changed the way they handle recalls, process information, and consider safety impacts of stalling (which likely makes them unique among major automakers, by the… » 7/22/14 10:50am Today 10:50am

Choose your defect, people: One car stops WHEN THE KEY TURNS OFF THE IGNITION. What then, Church Lady? It coasts to a stop. THE OTHER CAR ACCELERATES WITHOUT TOUCHING THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL. Hmmm, let's see... one is kind of benign. The other may kill you or someone else by accelerating into the first available… » 7/10/14 6:03pm 7/10/14 6:03pm

Directly responsible for the deaths of 13 people? No, actually. But did they fall precisely one step short (among thousands) in designing vehicles that did everything humanly possible to prevent owners from their own negligence, ineptitude, and poor driving skills? Yes. » 7/09/14 4:48pm 7/09/14 4:48pm

These trucks need to be recalled. Now. Why? An owner has NO WAY OF KNOWING when a brake line will catastrophically fail. Visible rust? No. All snow belt vehicles — Regardless of manufacturer or country of origin — over 5 years old exhibit significant visible rust on the undercarriage. The trick is to know on… » 7/08/14 7:29pm 7/08/14 7:29pm

If this represents the quality of the guy's conversion work: (nasty-ass tank, vacuum plugs on the fuel injection lines, crooked license plate — Details, People, DETAILS) then I know all I need to know about his work. It's sloppy, unprofessional, and most likely highly dangerous. I won't do business with this guy. … » 7/08/14 9:33am 7/08/14 9:33am

On the one hand, it shows an unusual non-sheep-mob mentality on the part of the US car-buying public. Good for them. But a warning to GM: Just because your cars are selling well (now), doesn't mean you're doing everything right. In the words of Han Solo to Luke Skywalker, "Don't get cocky, kid!" » 7/01/14 10:45am 7/01/14 10:45am

Consumer Reports is fine for refrigerators and washing machines. If you buy your automobiles with the same lack of passion that you reserve for refrigerators and washing machines, then they are a fine source for car evaluations as well. That BMW is one fine little automobile, but Consumer Reports only has a vague… » 6/30/14 10:10am 6/30/14 10:10am

GM clearly wants this issue completely and totally behind them as soon as possible — and they have learned well from the BP disaster: After everything that's happened, arguing about pennies (corporate pennies, that is) with the Internet savvy victims is a losing game. As suggested, there will doubtlessly be a few… » 6/30/14 9:36am 6/30/14 9:36am

Patrick, I think Matt normally does a pretty good job, but I just got done watching this on my DVR and would add the following: They broke up the Mary B. interview into two parts, separated by maybe 20 minutes or so... That's pretty unusual, I can't recall the Today show ever doing a "Two-parter" like that before.… » 6/26/14 6:48pm 6/26/14 6:48pm

WTF? Does your ex-wife work at Lear? Because that's who likely built the seats and steering wheel. Seriously, if you want to take on "workmanship," you should know and mention that neither of those items were assembled by GM. In fact, in defense of the seat, not all leather is supposed to be taut. There are many… » 6/26/14 4:42pm 6/26/14 4:42pm

Real Detroiter here. Inside the Car Companies and at the dealers, it was pronounced BROAM. On the street, with what was the blingy-crowd equivalent at the time, it was pronounced BRO-HAM. Just imagine Chris Tucker saying it — lovingly, and a bit sarcastically, too. » 6/20/14 11:45am 6/20/14 11:45am