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Meet The "Lone Engineer" GM Is Blaming All Its Troubles On

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Back in 2011 Goldman, when the FDIC-insured bank holding company with no deposits, was slapped with the biggest at the time SEC penalty for shorting CDOs it had sold to clients, it started a trend of scapegoating all its evils on a lone, then 20-something individual, Fabrice Tourre, who seemingly had "worked alone" and whose actions were not supervised by anyone: the chain of responsibility started and ended with him. Naturally, nobody went to jail. A few years later, stuck in the biggest scandal of its post-bankruppcy existence involving over 20 million recalls in just the first 6 months of 2014 alone, GM has decided that what worked for Goldman should work for it too, and as the WSJ reports, is "pinning of a decadelong failure to recall defective cars on a lone engineer."


Unfortunately for GM, an organization that is far more politically charged than Goldman, it is "running into skepticism from lawmakers who say GM documents show dozens of people were alerted to ignition-switch defects during the past decade."

But before we get into the details of what is set to be even more political theater, just who is this lone engineer?

Meet Raymond DeGiorgio, said lone engineer:

From the WSJ:

Mr. DeGiorgio joined GM in June 1991 and worked on a variety of different switches before being assigned to handle the 2003 Saturn Ion and 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt switches, according to his deposition in a lawsuit involving a Georgia woman who died in a Cobalt crash. At the time, GM had just brought switch design back in-house from suppliers to combat warranty issues and improve quality control.

The Valukas report portrays Mr. DeGiorgio as struggling to fix problems with his design, and at one point describing it as "the switch from hell."

In November 2004, Mr. DeGiorgio received an email from an engineer in a GM team that works on high-performance versions of its cars, who said the group had noticed stalls on a test track when a driver's knee "slightly" grazed the key fob. Despite being informed of the problem again, Mr. DeGiorgio made no changes to the ignition switch.


A separate warning about problems with ignition switches came from Laura J. Andres, a GM employee, who told 10 GM engineers including Mr. DeGiorgio of her experience with a Chevrolet Impala that stalled after she went over a bump in the road in August 2005.

We will have more to say about Ms. Andres shortly, who is now being presented as an early whistleblower in the GM scandal. For now, however, the attention appears to be on DeGiorgio who appears to be the fall guy designated by everyone to be thrown under the proverbial GM truck.

Mr. Valukas's probe concluded Raymond DeGiorgio in April 2006 decided to institute a design change of an ignition switch that was causing cars to stall, and approved no change to the part identification number. That made the change difficult to track, and delayed efforts to understand why air bags in some of the vehicles weren't deploying in crashes, the report found.


The engineer was one of 15 employees dismissed from the company earlier this month.

Yet lawmakers appear skeptical that unlike in the case of Goldman, where one person effectively took all the blame, that the same is applicable with GM. Among those who expressed incredulity with the official version were both republican and democrat representatives.

The internal probe portrays a relatively low-ranking engineer as responsible for approving a switch design that didn't meet GM specifications and for concealing vital information that could have led the company to recall defective vehicles sooner.


"GM is trying to [argue] 'he made this mistake alone,' " said Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.), chairman of the House panel probing the recall. "Several mistakes were made along the way. Of 210,000 people, why didn't anyone catch it?"


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Lawmakers say unreleased testimony from Mr. DeGiorgio and an email released on Wednesday by Fred Upton (R., Mich.) show that ignition switch problems had been flagged as a safety issue within GM in 2005. Mr. Blumenthal said he has talked with former GM employees who are highly skeptical that a person at Mr. DeGiorgio's level could have pulled off such a change.


Mr. DeGiorgio told congressional investigators he thought that another engineer would have had to sign off on the parts change, a House aide said on Thursday. That appears to fit with documentation the committee has received showing another engineer had signed off on a design change requested by Mr. DeGiorgio.


Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D, Ill.) told Ms. Barra on Wednesday that Mr. DeGiorgio had told the committee's staff that he met with his superiors in February 2002 and told them the ignition switch would be delayed.


"So, Ms. Barra, is it your belief that one engineer, Mr. DeGiorgio, unilaterally approved a part that had been plagued by problems from the start?" Ms. Schakowsky asked.


"He was the one responsible for it," Ms. Barra replied. When pressed on Wednesday whether Mr. DeGiorgio could have unilaterally approved the ignition-part change, Ms. Barra insisted that "he was the one responsible for it."

And what has Ms. Barra's "responsibility" at the time, or now for that matter: would it be to justify the highest shareholder returns no matter the cost, even if the cost include an unknown number of lives lost in order to cut production costs, all the while ignoring quality controls and certainly internal whistleblowers? That question remains to be answered.

Perhaps hurting Barra's attempts to bury the matter while blaming it all on a single scapegoat is that, unlike Goldman, some members of Congress actually understand the GM internal dealings, having worked there previously:

Rep. Bill Johnson (R., Ohio), who worked for an auto-parts supplier before joining the House, also challenged the assertion that Mr. DeGiorgio could have acted alone. "Would it be reasonable that the chief—the vehicle chief engineer—would have known about this situation?" Mr. Johnson asked Ms. Barra. Mr. Johnson also alluded on Wednesday to a May 2005 email that outlined a "customer concern" about the ignition switch sent to vehicle chief engineer Doug Parks, among others. That email hasn't been released to the public.


Ms. Barra said the chief engineer "has to count on people doing their job" because "there are 30,000 parts on a car."

Based on that statement she certainly appears qualified to run the bailed out car maker. However, what casts doubts on her defense of management's handling of the situation is that it was nearly a decade ago when whistleblowers warning of ignitioning issues first appeared. Whistleblowers like Laura Andres whose concerns were, obviously, ignored.

Ms. Andres subsequently warned that the problem appeared to be with the design of the Impala's ignition switch, and noted that a GM technician had told her other employees had complained about a similar problem with the Pontiac Solstice. The Solstice shared components with the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and other compact vehicles among 2.6 million recalled earlier this year to fix defective ignition switches. "I think this is a serious safety problem, especially if this switch is on multiple programs," Ms. Andres wrote in one of a chain of emails released by the House panel.... Mr. DeGiorgio replied to Ms. Andres in an Aug. 31, 2005 email that the switch in her Impala is "completely different" than the one used on the Solstice. He says he has monitored reports and hadn't found any similar issues as she described

A prior WSJ article has further details on Andres' warnings as early as 2005:

Laura J. Andres, told GM engineers in 2005 that the Chevrolet Impala she was driving shut off after she went over a bump in the road. In a subsequent August 2005 email she warned that the problem appeared to be the design of the Impala's ignition switch, and noted a GM technician who looked at her car said other employees had complained about a similar problem with the Pontiac Solstice—a small car that shared components with the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and other compact vehicles now known to possess a deadly defect.


Ms. Andres urged that engineers consider changing the part. "I'm thinking big recall. I was driving 45 mph when I hit the pothole and the car shut off, and I had a car driving behind me that swerved around me. I don't like to imagine a customer driving their kids in the back seat, on I-75, and hitting a pothole, in rush hour traffic."

By now it is fully clear that while it has been caught red-handed, and the resulting surge in recalls is merely an attempt to finally do the right thing even if it truly exposes the corrupt culture at the politically-charged carmaker not to mention its approach to creating a quality product - one of the main reasons it had to file Chapter 11 in the first place - the only thing GM cared about is generating a shareholder return (especially when faced with numerous activist hedge funds: recall that GM is in the top 5 most widely held stocks by hedge funds).

Politicians don't know the answer either:

"I remain unconvinced there wasn't an effort to 'cover up' bad decisions to avoid liability," said Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.), the panel's chairman. It is probing why GM waited a decade to recall cars with a deadly safety defect involving Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other compact cars. Other lawmakers cited parts of an internal report that suggested GM managers had feared they could lose their jobs by raising safety concerns.


The internal report quotes GM quality manager Steven Oakley as saying that he was "reluctant to push hard on safety issues because of his perception that his predecessor had been pushed out of his job for doing just that."


Ms. Barra said Mr. Oakley is still employed by GM, and is raising new safety concerns. "We are taking it very seriously," she said. Ms. Barra launched a "Speak Up for Safety Program" and plans to reward employees for raising concerns about vehicle safety. "I am personally getting information from employees," she said.

GM has "quality engineers"? How quaint.

In conclusion, it goes without saying that the only real question on the table, when the public tires of this latest congressional song and dance, is whether GM's legacy approach of burying defects under the rug will finally be fixed even if it means major net income losses on a recurring basis (as opposed to the current allegedly "non-recurring" recall charges), or once the current crisis blows over GM will resort to its old standby of not recalling any potentially deadly vehicles as it means even more lost sales and further credibility hits.

In a world in which failure is rewarded with bailouts and where risk in general has been wiped out from the economic calculus thanks to the Fed, we already know the answer.


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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:31 | 4877574 Dr. Engali
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Poor guy looks like he needs a nail gun.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:34 | 4877583 lordylord
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So incompetent that they can't fix a switch,  Good thing the tax-payers (with a gun to their head) bailed them out.  Who needs a free market?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:35 | 4877589 tmosley
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I thought the engineer's name was Waddel A. Reed.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:39 | 4877601 TeamDepends
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This is what happens when you take more than your share of donuts.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:43 | 4877607 nuclearsquid
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no.. he is probably 'that guy' in the office.  You know the one who smells like cheese, or they caught fapping in the bathroom.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:45 | 4877611 Hippocratic Oaf
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Raymond, meet bus.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:50 | 4877624 Occident Mortal
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By offering a scapegoat GM just further damages its brand.


Why not take it on the chin and accept corporate responsibility as befitting a 21st Century corporation.



GM really is trapped in 1985 and this whole case makes them look like the bloated and ridiculous government motors that they really are.



Fuck you Schumpeter!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:53 | 4877645 icanhasbailout
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Congrats to Mr. DeGeorgio, future owner of GM, and to his lucky future lawyer.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:56 | 4877653 DaveyJones
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is like blaming a decade long war on a single president?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:07 | 4877688 jbvtme
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yellen needs to check out this guy's barber...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:46 | 4877848 whotookmyalias
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Meet Mr. Oliver North.  "Sir, I am not a potted plant!"

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:10 | 4877952 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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This poor guy was probably close to retirement, so the execs thought they'd kill two birds with one stone. Create a scapegoat and save a little $$$ for a new bonus.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:22 | 4878019 Headbanger
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The whole story stinks because this "lone engineer" did the design of the switch but where was the QC feed back from manufacturing and product support when the problems were reported!?

Upper management just HAD to know about the problem from these "real world" organizations in GM.

So there's simply no way this one engineer can take all the blame!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:21 | 4878458 SamAdams
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The real problem is that every auto mfr is using "drive by wire solutions" for throttle, braking and steering.  I don't know about you, but I am not comfortable with letting a computer (or even a logic free circuit) provide the input to throttle, brake and direction.  Air bag not deploying is a problem, but the fact that the car shut down and control was lost, is the bigger picture.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:51 | 4880086 Joe Sixpack
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Is not the proper term for such an individual a "rogue" engineer? Or would he have ot work for Nissan?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:54 | 4877880 NoDebt
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I doubt GM's claim that they "had a hard time figuring out why air bags sometimes did not deploy".  Cars have had data acqusition and logging built into their PCM (Powertrain Control Module- basically just a computer that runs everything like the fuel injection, ignition, transmission shifts, etc.) since the OBDII standard was adopted in most GM cars around 1995.  It also records things like if the Anti-lock brake system is activated or... IF AN AIRBAG DEPLOYS.  

Even if the cars PCM shuts off by turning the key off (they never completely turn off unless you disconnect the battery) YOU WOULD STILL KNOW THAT EVERYTHING TURNED OFF BEFORE AN ACCIDENT HAPPENED.  The data log would just STOP while recording that the car was going 50 MPH or whatever it's state was at the instant the key was turned off.

I know a little about this because I've done tuning work on performance-modified late model cars (including a bunch of GM stuff), including hacking into the PCM with specialized tuning/reprogramming software.  These systems were already fairly sophisticated by the mid 90s.  Today, the number of things the car's computer(s) are plugged into and the stuff they can do is BREATHTAKING.

Lois Lerner's emails disappearing is more believable than GM "not knowing" about this problem.  They knew.  Damned straight they knew.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:45 | 4878543 Miffed Microbio...
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In 2009 there was a fatal crash that killed a family in San Diego which led to the massive Toyota recall ( floor mats slipping). It was amusing that some idiot tried to cash in too claiming the same thing had happened to him. The data recorder nailed him. He was driving at high speeds and randomly hitting the brake to simulate the issue. Stupid schmuck should have consulted an engineer before attempting such a scam.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:28 | 4878954 GCT
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Spot on NoDebt.  This was all about the cost to repair the vehicles versus recalling them.  The recall still would not happen if the courts did not get involved.  Just like the bankers so many here hate this decision was all about money.  GM was bailed out at our expense and ever since the media and for that matter car magazines tout these pices of shit as cutting edgeworth your money.  GM finance ie alled is making 0% loans with nothing down, zero interest, and sales tax paid for up to 7 years.  Yah gotta be crazy to finance a vehicle 4 years after the regular warrnty period. The new sub-prime is the auto business right now.  Several reporters in Detriot have actually been fired for actually writing they would prefer a Toyota over these vehicles and the Chrysler 200.

GM could care less about you and I.  The bottom line is long before the curren tCEO or for that matter this guy who designed this stuff is presented for slaughter, GM dealers and management knew of this problem and continued to install this crap that caused accidents and worse killed people.  The cost to repair it was too high so they all made a decision to blow it off.

NoDebt you are correct those on board system CPU's most likely did record the error and the dealer reported them.  Now who do you think will be footing the bill to repair them all.  If you gussed the taxpayer, You win the prize.  We already lost 12 billion on this deal alone.  GM will actually get federal money before this administration allows GM to fail once again.  Of course the Fed will do it in the shadow realm by purchasing GM stock or just type some numbers on a computer and sent the Email to the bankers. For those that did not know the interest rate for this will be 6% to the Fed.  We taxpayers just get to bend over and take it in the ass once again.

Cost analysis was done long ago and they kept it secret when the decision was made not to do the repairs.  Not to be down on just GM but all of them do it.  What pisses me off is the media ran with Toyota being fucked up for months for one problem and GM the story is mentioned at the end of the program and then buried .  Most of this would not be happening except it effects so many GM vehicles and the media and no longer bury it.  I will wager the analysis was done before this CEO was even being considered for the job. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:58 | 4877661 I MISS KUDLOW
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this guy joined in 1991, our chevys in the 80's were catastrophes haven't ever gone back and will never go back i'll bike walk or drive radioactive japanese cars worse case

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:31 | 4877786 IndyPat
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How's about a red hot Tesla!
Perfectly safe.

If you wear your asbestos jump suit.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:37 | 4877812 Tabarnaque
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GM = Garbage Motor. Who buys that crap. It blows my mind that some people would make a conscious decision to buy that crap.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:53 | 4877882 Son of Loki
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He did can tell....Guilty!....look at that look on his face... he obviously  Did It!


h... e was probably the sole engineer for the Fuki Nucular Plant deisgn also....


Bandito! ...out the door! ... and give him 1 Nail Gun as his severence package.


[PS: Hopefully he keep copies of all those letters, emails and other info he sent to the upper management. Hopefully his computer doesn't "crash" or he destroys/hammers out the hard disk].

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:02 | 4878145 TBT or not TBT
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UAW Motors anyone?  Not in this household.   They helped put Obama over the top not once but twice.  No problem buying an "American" car not touched by union traitors.  

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:54 | 4877649 Joe Davola
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ISO 9000 doesn't result in a safer product.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:40 | 4877821 rtalcott
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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:48 | 4877857 whotookmyalias
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LOL, all it does is provide a framework where you have documented processes and follow them.  Maybe it helps lead towards better quality systems, but it by itself doesn't guarantee anything other than a nice certificate you can hang on your wall.


Edit: "pretend to follow them"..Haha.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:50 | 4877870 rtalcott
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A BIG X IV...most people are drones and don't get it.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:17 | 4877991 Headbanger
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I've seen ISO 9000 be moar of a curse than a blessing because having a process "blessed off" by it is often seen as no more need for individual responsibilities to think or do differently.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:44 | 4878811 rtalcott
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You can do that with any comes down to (ALWAYS) senior management's commitment to doing thing right...ALL Problems are People Problems and ultimately ALL Problems are Management Problems.  I have seen it done right and wrong...even the best systems won't work if you have people who do not want to make them work...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:02 | 4877837 CPL
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It only allows for insurance of a well documented death trap and people don't understand how far the rot in the system has gone over 60 years.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:43 | 4878096 Kirk2NCC1701
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@ Occident Moral: "By offering a scapegoat GM just further damages its brand".

Correct.  What they are essentially saying is:  "We had NO reliable control points and processes in place for the development of said switches".  Guess what, bucko... it still blows back to management. 

And the fact that these weasels are once again abrogating their responsibilities, means that the place is rotten to the core.  Time to sell GM to the Chinese (reverse takeover), so they can sanitize the company and the city.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:49 | 4877625 ParkAveFlasher
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Drone his ass!  Drone his ass!  USA!  USA!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:15 | 4877729 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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With all these dumb-ass "reality" shows, you'd think one of the networks would do "The Running Man" already. Meet the first contestant...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:46 | 4877614 tonyw
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yes the "20-something individual" has clearly had a very hard life that has aged him, we should feel sorry ...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:45 | 4877612 SofaPapa
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Anyone still buying GM cars deserves what they get at this point.  Pathetic.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:07 | 4878169 TBT or not TBT
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Anyone  buying UAW cars deserves an Obamacare bronze plan served by their local county hospital emergency room packed with illegal aliens.  

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:31 | 4877785 nom deplune
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Hell, they haven't been able to fix their daytime running lights issue - a switch is way more complicated.

Check it out sometime - most vehicles coming at you with  burned out DRL will be a GM truck.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:44 | 4877830 CPL
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It's not a question of a switch being designed, in ISO certification of any released product it has to go through an Army of hundreds of people to be cleared as 'designed and shipped'.  The whole point of process driven engineering is there are about 50 safety nets to catch a problem before it ends up in a dealership.  Unless they haven't got an ISO standard that's being followed, which also means none of their insurance agreements are worth anything.  (can't get insurance for a company for liability if you don't have a process to point to inorder to insure.)

If this were a one man shop building cars in a garage, the GM argument would be valid.  Since GM is a multinational Conglomerate with a lateral monopoly on parts, labour (slave in some cases), insurance industry hooks and banking as a financial vechicle to offer 0.9% on the sales of their cars.

Their idea of 'that guy did it' doesn't pass mustard.  If they as a company cannot make safe cars by process and design, the Engineering associations of the world should bar them from any manufacturing and revoke all allowances and professional practices loaned to that company.

That's how things get built in a world of 7 billion people.  Very, very, very carefully.  Unless the company doesn't have a 'QA' department.  It should be known that the same company influences other items like power productions in various fields and that 'switch' has been 'reused' as a design baseline in many other 'power production' situations.  I believe China is busy trying to hammer together something as fast as possible right now with some of the borrowed deisgn work in the world's largest nuclear facility.

And it's one thing when it's cars, someone crashes and dies.  It's a tragedy.  When it's a reactor.  That's called an ELE...speaking of which Fukushima blew it's guts out a couple of times over the past week in addition to the ice wall melting (go figure tropical climate and they are building ice castles)


Those same switches are also in Humvee's, Planes, Trains, etc...there are maybe eight people on earth that design ignition switches for mass production.  So this whole GM switch business isn't close to over.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:44 | 4877835 rtalcott
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EXACTLY!  NFW did one guy do this...someone needs to read their SOPs covering Change Control...this is absolute nonsense.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19 | 4877996 whotookmyalias
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Let me chime in one more time. ISO9000 doesn't guarantee anything. Period.


Now automotive have been under a tighter standard, TS16949, which does lead towards better product quality, but I have audited hunderds of companies over the years that are "certified".  Certified only means you have documented standards and can fool someone into thinking you follow them.  Good companies can and do benefit from it. YMMV

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:27 | 4878039 CPL
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If they don't spend the time, people power and money...then it doesn't happen.  What does happen though is the blame game and finger pointing.  When what should be happening is a complete stop to all development and manufacturing, then a heavy process review to figure out what fucked up.  Then they fix it the step that's broken.  Do a couple of test runs.  Then turn it all back on.

I'm not seeing that anywhere in any business anymore.  It might be 15 years since the last time it happened.  In the mean while it's stuck on "Cut twice, measure once".

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:58 | 4877902 centerline
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It has been my experience over many years in engineering that behind most epic fuckups there is a business degree person ramrodding shit through the system.  Same as the Challenger space shuttle "accident."

Every one of them are happy to tell engineers what to do behind the scenes (and even attempt to force them), and when they wind up on the witness stand say "I am not an engineer, it wasn't my call."

If this guy is guilty, there is good chance it is because he didn't do the right thing... which might have been to quit.

Yeah, he could be bad engineer.  There are lots of them out there.  But, usually, engineers who understand the life safety aspects of the work they do tend to be pretty straight up about risks.  Nobody wants the sort of liability that comes from messes like this.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:31 | 4878020 CPL
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Exactly, there are bad engineers but they are still engineers.  They wear the iron ring and understand that if they suck ass at building something, then they can do QA.  If they suck at QA, maybe they are good with CAD management.  There are only about a thousand holes in engineering someone can climb into to help a process along to deliver a safe product to market.  Might not be good at everything, but every engineer I've met is good at something and it's matter of proper placement.

However the people that pay for it in the end aren't the customers either, they have legal recourse they can follow through on and about twenty layers of critics, reviews, test drives and news articles.  The consumer is hedged up the wazoo. 

The people that get eaten ass up by this type of thing are the dealerships that pay a fortune to hang another companies shingle infront of their door.  Hard staying in business if being sabotaged by the people you are doing business with.  If I were them I'd sue the shit out of GM. 

Can't sell cars if nothing is safe and all the inventory is recalled.

(...and I'll throw in the garage mechanics that have to listen to the customer.  They are frontline to the auto industry of poor product ownership.  Less in the case of the customer and more because the builder of the car isn't following process.  My poor mechanic has to listen to the same story everyday for two years on the same brand.  On the bright side though, any time I want to buy a car I talk to him.  He know's what car never enters his shop.)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:12 | 4878424 CheapBastard
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centerline reminds me of when HMO's tell doctors what they can and cannot do an dyet when the patient dies or has a complication the HMO will claim, "the doctor has the final say." My neighbor is a doctor and I always hear an earful but I must say he is right 99% of the time about those things. Upper management, administrators, politicans, etc have no business in the engineering room [or operating room for medicine things].

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:57 | 4877897 Canadian Dirtlump
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A number of years ago I did some consulting work in 2 auto parts plants in Windsor Ontario. The remarkable thing was, in both places, numerous managers, unprompted always told me the same thing:


If a batch of parts came in out of spec, the auto manufacturer buyers would always, ALWAYS take the same stance - how much of a discount can we get. Not give us ones that work, but give us the bad ones for a discount. Every time.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:40 | 4878085 CPL
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The entire world is built on lowest build, worst idea.  Do that for around 100 years and apply the same 'quality' standards to every functioning industry, guess what happens?  Turns into a point nothing is reliable and you hope to christ you aren't the 'lucky' one that learns of the fatal flaw in mass production.

The only reason anyone ever hears about it at all is because if it's in consumer goods which are common place, you don't even want to guess what keeps the lights on.

San Onofre Nuclear plant...because the part needed died with the man that built it.  A stick and a plastic bag is the fix.  I understand it's still the fix.  Multiply this attitude by everything that fly's, moves and keeps the lights on.  Cheap and lousy parts run it all.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:59 | 4879896 StychoKiller
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Speaking as a former Quality Engineer, I can only state that companies always give "lip service" to quality issues raised by all employees, especially when such an issue might impact some CEO's compensation package.  Nothing will change until Quality Engineers have the power to shut down production lines.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:41 | 4877603 Grande Tetons
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GM looked through their data base to find a swarthy skinned cat to pin this on. Not too swarthy....but just swarthy enough. 

Hey, we got this guy with an Italian sorta name that looks like an Arab. Bingo!!! We got our guy. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:45 | 4877610 CH1
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Probably very close to the truth.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:49 | 4877628 Grande Tetons
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Well, yeah...a black man...too black would be racisct. A white guy...well that just can not happen. A Chinese guy...well no...they are too good at math. An Arab looking guy without all the baggage of an Arab name...Hussein....this poor fucker fit the bill. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:53 | 4877642 nuclearsquid
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Well, yeah...a black man...too black would be racisct. A jew...well that just can not happen. A Chinese guy...well no...they are too good at math. An Arab looking guy without all the baggage of an Arab name...Hussein...., but who is actually white, this poor fucker fit the bill.



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:01 | 4877677 Grande Tetons
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Eric Cantor begs to differ. However, something tells me he will get by.  

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:17 | 4877739 pelican
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Or fall from a building to crash of his airplane.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:31 | 4877575 DeadFred
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Time to erase a hard disk I think

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:45 | 4877609 nuclearsquid
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Ha!  this guy got picked probably because he was the only one who DID erase his hard drive.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:53 | 4877639 Hippocratic Oaf
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I made a post not too long back that I was considering the 2015 Yukon

Sat in it last week, well......dissapointed in quality. Still seems cheap plastic.

If you're going to expect me to spend 60 large on an auto, you have to do better than that.

I'll just keep the Infiniti

And I was one of 3 people looking mid-day weekend.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:33 | 4877580 LawsofPhysics
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Accountability in management or leadership? What is that?

Anyone see the real problem yet?  In the end this simply more opportunity for foreign car manufacturers, sad.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:37 | 4877595 lordylord
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"Accountability in management or leadership?"

Boy, Ron Paul was get in bed with government and you catch the diseases it spreads.  In this case, GM has caught the accountability and incompetence bug.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:54 | 4877648 p00k1e
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Isn't Ron Paul in bed with government?  He's been working the machine for over 40 years.

Just say'in.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:13 | 4877726 LawsofPhysics
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Fair enough, but he has also been running a successful small business as well.  How many of these politicians have driven companies into the fucking ground or not even worked in the private sector?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:36 | 4877810 IndyPat
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Meet the Pelosi's...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:00 | 4877910 centerline
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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:34 | 4877585 Seasmoke
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Now throwing Italians under the bus ?? Wow things must be getting bad fast. 



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:50 | 4877633 ParkAveFlasher
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"Can you imagine, a Jew broad sayin' she's 'prejudiced against Italians', in this day and age?!"

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:37 | 4877596 BudFox2012
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This works for Obama, why not GM?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:41 | 4877600 mrpxsytin
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Maybe GM just needs more subsidies from the Australian government...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:39 | 4877602 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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So unless corporate culture has changed in the past 20+ years no one operates independently of management or makes a decision without their approval either explicitly or implicitly. No good deed goes unpunished.

Bull motherfucking shit this guy operated independently without management knowing.

When the corporate automatons go off corporate script they usually send an email saying I am going to do something and unless you respond in x amount of time I take it you agree if you don't respond to cover their asses later on because emails never get lost (except for the IRS).

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:42 | 4877605 orangedrinkandchips
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Throw this bitch under the Bus.....


WAIT....That bus had a short in the ingnition and IT BURNED UP.....


better get a Japanese bus......throw him under that!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:52 | 4877637 semperfi
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then he'll really be Fuk'd up

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:53 | 4877644 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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They'd have to recall the bitch though. This is GM we are talking about.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:43 | 4877606 Falconsixone
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Fun with Dick and Jane - Stuttering Statistics
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:46 | 4877616 yogibear
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Oops, all prior email backups were acidentally distroyed. Looks all the fingers point to this guy.

Watch any witnesses or honest people die off. Just like in Barry's administration.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:49 | 4877626 semperfi
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Yet another reason to avoid GM products like the plague.  Dear GM, when you are better and cheaper than all of your competition, I will still buy the competition. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:49 | 4877627 29.5 hours
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I worked with plenty of engineers. Never met even one who advocated using the cheapest parts to implement a design. That role was always always always the one recognizable contribution from upper management.



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:54 | 4877646 semperfi
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I'm an engineer of 30 years.  I have yet to meet one engineer that would do something like this - its always the opposite - we want to build things to work perfectly and last forever.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:05 | 4877689 yogibear
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Probably it was management that wanted to save a few cents.

Look at the remington model 700's acidental discharge. It has killed people. Rather than redesign and recall it the company looked the other way.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:09 | 4877705 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Absolutely. I can't think of any engineers I've known through the years who are particularly political when it comes to building stuff. Incompetent is another matter but they tend to be sincere in wanting to build things that work incompetence or not.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:47 | 4877855 nom deplune
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Seriously? Then why does most shit NOT work perfectly and definitely does NOT last forever? Anyone who has bought a home appliance in the last 30 years will know what I'm talking about.

Granted, I work in aerospace and would agree that those guys/gals don't want to cheap out.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 16:10 | 4879115 sleepingbeauty
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That my friend is built-in obsolescence. They (upper management) substitute parts in that will blow after x-years of use. Or they make it out of cheap parts, knowing that they will last until just after the warranty period.


Us engineers, hate that shit. Not saying that what we build always lasts, but I got an iron ring to remind be the tragedies that happen when we don't over-engineer things to last longer and under more strenuous conditions than spec.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:24 | 4877767 SilverTech
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Yeah, this is clearly a management failure. If they have multiple reports of the switch failure it should have rung some bells.

Don't they have any procedures for safety related problems?

Don't they have change control procedures?

Don't they have design reviews?

Anyway, GM must have designed a lot of ignition switches over the years. Don't they have any standard designs by this time? Why was this one so challenging?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:50 | 4877629 replaceme
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I had a friend that worked at a GM engine plant, and it was common practice to piss in the tracks that moved the engine around the shop.  Not a question of being worked too hard to take a break, but more that it was funny - hey, look - I'm pissing!  Sleeping in parts bins was also a laugh generator, especially if caused by extreme hangover or drinking your breakfast in the parking lot.  Used to look like a concert after the cars left, 12 packs of beer left sitting in the lot. 

Just reminiscing, wonder how this could ever happen.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:56 | 4877659 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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That culture used to be more prevalant up until the early/mid 90s before they started cracking down on the drinking on the job problem with unions. Alcoholics and union workers tend to go together like peanut butter and chocolate.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:39 | 4879293 NickVegas
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Even alcoholics need a job. I'm sure you pulled a couple of years of shifts at an auto plant. Just thinking about it, makes me want to drink.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:50 | 4877635 the not so migh...
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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:52 | 4877640 p00k1e
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Who would hire DeGiorgio now?


DeGiorgio should run them all over in a Yukon. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:55 | 4877651 SmilinJoeFizzion
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always pin the bullsh*t on the guy with the mustache, ALWAYS

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:56 | 4877655 ejmoosa
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You might want to blame a single guy for the switch failure.  


But how many at GM continued to approve it for use over the years?  


He's a scapegoat.  There were plenty who made millions who could have halted it's use at any time.  

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:57 | 4877660 Yen Cross
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    " It's all ball bearings these days" 

  Gordon Liddy,

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:33 | 4877794 nom deplune
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LOL, that and Fetzer valves.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:58 | 4877664 Colonel Klink
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Yeah because THIS guy makes all the decisions with regards to switches.  Like the CEOs, executives, and bean counters didn't approve it.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:58 | 4877665 philosophers bone
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GM was just another government fraud:  bail-out the company with taxpayer money and then get Wall Street to resell them to the public / taxpayer based upon misrepresentation and deceit

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:00 | 4877671 short screwed
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Update! DeGiorgio leaves a typed suicide note, taking full blame for GM engineering probllems ( absolving all GM upper management) and promptly shoots self twice in the head.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:04 | 4877682 HerrDoktor
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In a related development:  all of DeGiorgio's e-mails have been lost, along with those of 6 other engineers, and their hard drives have been recycled.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:05 | 4877686 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Was this before or after he bound his hands behind his back and hung himself after drowning?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:26 | 4877771 Emergency Ward
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with a nail gun

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:05 | 4877685 Fix-ItSilly
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There can't be institutional quality standards the way GM describes this.  Not if DeGiorgia did change the drawing as management says (product design/production quality), not if Valukas is wrong and there is a conspiracy (organizational quality).  Simply put, a product change with the same part number can't effectively move through an organization as has been presented.

DON't buy a GM product is a proper societal solution.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:09 | 4877695 gcjohns1971
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I want to vote on these issues with my pocket book and not with a ballot.

I could give a crap that GM is corrupt. 

If their products don't work, I simply won't buy them.

The simplest, lowest cost (in terms of money and time) solution is the best one.

Why do I have to pay reams of bureaucrats and teams of politicians to review this? 

None of this would ever have happened if the Auto Industry hadn't been cartelized under government direction starting in the 1930s and continuing right to the present.  Had the government never gotten involved there would still be dozens of car companies rather than one private, one government, and one give-away.

We are one step away from having a very soviet-like single 'National" car company.

This is really stupid.

I don't want to have to filter car design and engineering through Washington, to force "THE" company to do an acceptable job.  I want to ditch the company whose product I don't like in favor of one (of potentially dozens or hundreds) that better fits my needs.

No wonder business is sclerotic.  We've nearly completed the process of making every major enterprise into an arm of government, in fact if not in name.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:15 | 4877980 p00k1e
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We did dollar vote GM out of existence.  

Government said we were wrong and gave GM a sack of cash.  

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:08 | 4877702 limacon
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ScapeGoats-R-Us . Oldest political party .

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:36 | 4877710 TomGa
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GM never heard of engineering "Design Reviews," a normal and well-established engineering pratice used to identify design flaws before they escape?  So if the design was originally defective, this review process conducted by a group of senior engineers and engineering management should have caught it before it got out.  The same applies for approving an engineering change order - it should be a process with mandatory reviews and issue tracking once a defect has been identified, especially in a case where it is recognized that the identified defect poses a potential danger to human life! The ENTIRE engineering organization is responsible for allowing design flaws to flow through the pipeline as anyone.  (Obviously Six Sigma is way too far over GM's head...)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:12 | 4877718 yogibear
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"We are one step away from having a very soviet-like single 'National" car company."

Hasn't the US become like the old Soviet Union? Bailed out AIG, Fannie and Freddie? A controlled stock market by the Fed. The NDAA, searches and detention indefinitely. All we need is the label.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:12 | 4877723 BeetleBailey
BeetleBailey's picture to be him....that burn applies here...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:16 | 4877733 grozniy
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You fall on the sword for us. We obviously will have to let you go. However, we will compensate you generously with the leftover bailout money. We have millions. It's a win win for you. Theeeenks

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:22 | 4877753 Fix It Again Timmy
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If it was your FIRST day at GM and you realized there was a design fault that resulted in a car shutting down while driving - you SHOULD have been screaming and jumping up and down, trying to draw attention and GET this defect fixed!!!....

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:53 | 4877883 I Write Code
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If on your first day at any megacorp you start jumping up and down, you probably won't see a second day, at best they will ignore you and you will quit from disgust on about day 10.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:22 | 4877755 buzzsaw99
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he looks guilty to me your honor

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:31 | 4877780 Atomizer
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:33 | 4877791 Seize Mars
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Scumbags. Any company that turns on a guy and throws him under the bus is a shitty, scumbag organization.
Fucking low lives.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:48 | 4877859 Atomizer
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Call it, GM teamwork philosophy.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:04 | 4877931 Ms. Erable
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This is what happens when your CEO is a political appointee whose sole engineering experience consists of shopping for more comfortable kneepads.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 08:17 | 4882338 Seize Mars
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Heh. Right on.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:33 | 4877793 wrs1
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No way he did this on his own.  I worked as a design engineer on embedded systems for the F15 and F16 in the mid 80s.   There was a strict protocol for submitting design changes to fix problems reported during burn in testing or in the field.  The problem must be replicated but if it's reported three times, it requires a design change, otherwise it's an anomoly.  So if this switch problem couldn't be recreated, it may have persisted simply on that basis.  Claiming that the switch is the problem and reproducing the problem are two entirely different animals.  Once the problem can be re-created, you are that much closer to fixing it.  Whether GM attempted to recreate the problem in house is another matter.  People driving cars and mechanics are not engineers and do not really know what the source of an error might be because they are not aware of all the design details.  


So most likely, because the problem wasn't repeatable, it did not require a design change.  These are called intermittent failures and they don't lend themselves to being recreated in the lab or test environment.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:42 | 4877801 tony wilson
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i here from my heinz horse sauces that the lone engineer is a syrian and part of an isis sell in the homelands.

this is proof enough that overknight isis as worked it's evil doing ways into the fabric of are rich society.

the nsa,the fbi or the cia never saw this comin.

the lone engineer must die

the lone engineer must be hang

for his heinous islamic crimes.

he must hang high for all goy to sea

slowly yes slowly

as fast is to could for him.

do not shed a tear for the lone engineer.

just rejoice

and thank

are authorities

that keep us safe and protect us from the millions of islamic  lone engineers.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:34 | 4877802 Snoopy the Economist
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He couldn't have made a change without an ECO with QA approval and lots of test data to back it up and the PN would have to have changed for traceability. They make it sound like monkeys are in charge at GM.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:38 | 4877814 bugs_
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DeGiorgio for President!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:46 | 4877845 highly debtful
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Now don't take this the wrong way, because I still think the US and Western Europe have a lot in common and we share a lot of values and I wouldn't be posting on Zerohedge if I thought Americans and all things American aren't worth my while, quite on the contrary. But I would never, ever, and I mean never, buy a modern American car.  I am fond of your oldtimers and your legendary Detroit iron, but a modern US car? No thanks.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:55 | 4877879 FLHRS
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This is the US now.  Lawlessness and no accountability starting from the top down.  The executive branch is the worst of the bunch, lying, cheating and pointing their fingers at everyone else.  Then there are the other branches of government, large corporations, down to individuals who bend or even break every rule they think they can get away with, and who take no responsibility for their actions or lack there of.  What you are seeing now is the total loss of any morals and integrity this country might have had.  Sure there has always been some corruption and the like, but at least we had some accountability and we made some attempt to take the high road.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:55 | 4877892 silentboom
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Don't worry our overlords are on the case demanding accountability and transparency. Isn't that special.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:56 | 4877893 I Write Code
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Well, but such a high-tech part as an ignition switch, too bad that GM didn't have anyone else who'd ever designed or seen or used an ignition switch.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:57 | 4877894 Bemused Observer
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Oh just get this over with already!

Recall ALL GM products, everything. Anything that was made by, designed for, or bears a GM label or logo of any kind should be immediately taken off the roads, shelves, out of the garages, off the lots and buried under the salt flats.
Then level the factories to the ground, strip the remaining soil down to bedrock and wall off the site as a no-man's land. Take out any surviving members of management or shareholders with targeted drone strikes, and hold an 'effigy-hanging' during the opening bell ceremony at the NASDAQ.

Or just plunge a knife into its chest over and over while screaming/sobbing "Die! Die already! Just fucking DIE!" until exhausted, then roll off its bleeding corpse and curl up in a ball, rocking back and forth and murmuring "The horror! The horror!"

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:04 | 4877928 Who was that ma...
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It seems to me that GM management completely missed the boat here.  They should have claimed that having the ignition switch shut the car off when it hits a large bump in the road was an intentional safety feature that caused the car to slow down on bad roads.  Let's give DiGiorgio a raise and a big bonus for his inovative safety feature.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:11 | 4877961 RazvanM
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:13 | 4877972 Hongcha
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Women CEOs are hysterical, venal and without honor.  They don't belong there.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:16 | 4877986 Agent P
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"You're Nick Papageorgio. You're from Yuma, Arizona. You're into software. Now stick your head into the hole and say Joey Heatherton."

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:28 | 4878004 pakled
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Car company from Hell.

So it appears we should have let them go bankrupt after all.


Thinking of an electric car, and the Chevy Volt is looking pretty good. Good customer ratings as well. But maybe not so much now.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:38 | 4878074 earnulf
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ANyone want to bet that every recalled car will have "additional" problems discovered at the time of the covered repair that will have to be paid "out of pocket"

Just another way to subsidize the recall cost

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:47 | 4878104 dickizinya
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Atlas Shrugged

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:20 | 4878226 yellowsub
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I'm sure someone's bank account grew from this...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:23 | 4878243 Casserole of no...
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2005? But but but... All I have heard for weeks was that this was Obama's fault. He must have fuct up the switch when he travelled back in time to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 16:15 | 4879134 Blankenstein
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good one ........

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:53 | 4878355 waterhorse
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I work in an ISO 9001 environment.  So am I to believe that there were no design review meetings held?  No upper management signed off on the change orders?  This guy did it all on his own?  Uh-huh, SURE...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:56 | 4878360 soylentgreenispeople
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 This is all a ploy to keep stock prices down untill they buy them all back .Kyle Bass says it going + $100 per share .They are having record sales world wide .The US bail out moneys where used to build plants all over the world .

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:07 | 4878409 Jam
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GM was probably to busy implementing OnStar spy systems to worry about ignition switches.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:25 | 4879268 Big Brother
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No kidding- why have a fancy spy-system secretly built into your car when all you'd have to do is wait for the ignition switch to fail?  It'd appear to me you'd come to the same end.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:51 | 4878552 Joebloinvestor
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Now you know the differeance between a govenment run organization (IRS) and a "shareholder" (GM) company.

The shareholders get a hide to tack on the wall, the government denies anything is wrong.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:17 | 4878593 Joebloinvestor
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If anyone cares, there was a book "The Machine That Changed The World" that was a detailed analysis of the car industry.

Labor costs and the lack of quality in manufacturing/engineering being the biggest problems in the US.

 A very brutal book that didn't pull any punches.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:57 | 4879890 tony bonn
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"..."He was the one responsible for it," "

as someone with extensive corporate experience, including management, i can assure you as surely as day follows night and night follows day that barra is a goddamned lying cunt. how dare that fucking bitch utter that goddamned evasive non-answer lie!!!!

as a bureaucratic sump, i can assure you that decisions like that were vetted and rehearsed among many. and someone much higher up the food chain would bear the responsibility. to say that an engineer would have the authority to make these decisions is contemptible. fuck you barra you goddamned lying cunt.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:22 | 4881420 malek
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It seems most folks here are missing the point:

Mr. Valukas's probe concluded Raymond DeGiorgio in April 2006 decided to institute a design change of an ignition switch that was causing cars to stall, and approved no change to the part identification number.

Assuming that:
- the change was more than minor
- he either had the right to decide himself on keeping the part identification number unchanged, or massively pushed others to do so

Then that guy is either dumb or was already in full CYA mode in 2006.
So he doesn't look like an innocent bystander to me.

But sure, there is never only one cockroach...

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