#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – April 10 – General Motors has placed two engineers on paid leave as part of an internal investigation into defective ignition switches, which were linked to 13 deaths after the recall of 2.6 million cars.
The switch was originally designed for the 2003 Saturn Ion model, but it was also used in other GM models such as the Chevrolet Cobalt. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, testifying before the US Congress last week, said that there was “a culture of cover-up” at GM.
This had allegedly led to one of the engineers, Ray DeGiorgio, lying about his knowledge that the switch had been faulty in an earlier lawsuit related to a fatal crash in Georgia in 2010.
Ace Related News – April 03 – 17.55 GMT – #AceWorldNews – (Reuters) – Delphi Automotive’s name does not appear on the outside of the 2.6 million vehicles recalled by General Motors Co since February, but the company is getting drawn into a mounting wave of litigation for its role in producing the faulty ignition switch that prompted the recalls http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/us-gm-recall-delphi-idUSBREA3105R20140402
Plaintiffs have now named Delphi, one of the largest auto parts suppliers in the world, in at least two lawsuits stemming from the recall. One was filed by a former Delphi employee whose daughter was killed in a 2013 crash involving a recalled 2006 Chevy Cobalt, the other by customers who claim the ignition problems caused their cars to lose value. http://wp.me/p165ui-4DL
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – April 10 – (AP) – The House has approved a bill that would bar Iran’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations from stepping on U.S. soil.
By voice vote, lawmakers endorsed the measure and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill would deny entry to the United States to an individual found to be engaged in espionage, terrorism or a threat to national security.
American officials objected to the selection of Hamid Abutalebi because of his alleged participation in a Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
The Obama administration has told Iran the choice is unacceptable, but White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to say Thursday whether the president would sign the bill.
#AceNewsServices says `Iran Nuclear Deal Possible in Six Months according to – FM
An agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is possible within six months, Reuters quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday.
He added he was not worried about the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions.“With good will we can reach an agreement within six months,” he told the German Council on Foreign Relations.
(Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif said on Monday a final deal with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program is possible within six months if there is good will and he was not worried about the U.S. Congress trying to impose new sanctions.
U.S. President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address last week to veto any legislation that threatens the talks with Iran. U.S. senators including some of Obama’s Democrats have co-sponsored a bill that would impose new restrictions on Iran if talks on a permanent accord falter.
But Iran has warned that it will walk away from negotiations – raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East – if the bill becomes law. It is now stalled in the Senate.
Zarif was visiting Berlin after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of the six powers negotiating with Iran at the annual Munich Security Conference at the weekend.
Iran reached a landmark preliminary agreement with them in November to halt its most sensitive nuclear operations, winning some relief from sanctions in return. Talks with the six powers about a definitive settlement begin in Vienna on February 18.