CEO Barra calls GM's actions on deadly defect 'unacceptable'

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VincentVer wrote:

Whatever executives and employees that knew about this should be tried for the negligence that led to those people’s deaths.

Apr 01, 2014 3:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PKFA wrote:

This is a meaningless exercise. The “new” GM has no legal obligations for acts committed by the “old” GM. This is simply another example of big government attempting to convince the mindless masses that they will be protected from big business when, in fact, the two work hand in glove for the mutual benefit of politicians and senior managers. Government investigations of big corporations may make for “riveting testimony”, but at the end of the day the victims remain uncompensated and corrective actions are minimal.

Apr 01, 2014 8:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:

I’m generally a defender of business, but someone specifically needs to be held accountable. Maybe it is time for GM to be a thing of the past. When was the last time there was someone at the helm who was truly a “car guy/gal” instead of a strictly business person?

Apr 01, 2014 8:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mottleyfrog wrote:

It really sickens me that the emphasis on this article is that GM’s stock price may drop. I can understand that GM is a greedy corporation that only cares for profits however the US government was alerted to the problem under the Obama administration, failed to ensure corrections were made and is ultimately just as guilty for the deaths. Heads need to roll.

Apr 01, 2014 8:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse

One thing that everyone still hasn’t shared is, how does this affect the one’s that are sold in overseas markets? Also, if they had known about this issue long ago, why hasn’t they fixed the design? May be since the keyless cars are the new standard they might have thought to “ride it” out.

Apr 01, 2014 9:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
moosemyfrnds wrote:

GM should have never received any bail out. The could have sold assets, much like Ford did. After they had received the money, they filed for bankruptcy anyways. They have screwed more Americans that the porn industry, which they own a share in

Apr 01, 2014 10:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheseusRex wrote:

When a company is making its way into deep financial trouble, problems with its products will be buried and denied. Then, an ignorant and naive government will bail the company out and just in time to do some more immoral and stupid things. But that is OK; Democrats can relate to all of that.

Apr 01, 2014 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
markhahn wrote:

GM would be smart to just say “placing lock/switches on the steering column is inherently bad design; we’re transitioning all our cars to a start button and a secure BTLE authentication protocol”.

Apr 01, 2014 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chaz255 wrote:

GM is not including all of the vehicles that have this problem.
This problem has occurred in 2001 Bonneville SLE, and 2003 Bonneville SE. Both vehicles lose all power when driven over bumps/and or road buckles at speeds over 40 mph. First noticed in 2001 Bonneville travelling at 70mph, drove over bump and engine completely shutdown. Dealer could not diagnose. Purchase 2003 Bonneville, and engine will shutdown when driven over bumps in the road.

Apr 01, 2014 11:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BaiJiuUSA wrote:

i am by no means trying to belittle what is happening with GM and the deaths of these people however…it is only 13 deaths!!

how many people lost their lives because of the gross inadequacies of the bush administration during the last campaign in Iraq? A Lot!!! And that story was completely false…we have proof of it. Why is there no congressional hearing regarding the actions of our government from 10 years prior? That had a huge impact on our livelihood, and we are still feeling its effects, but for some reason, we just forget about it.

Apr 01, 2014 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:

I love my G5. This car is faster than compacts and is giving me like 40 miles per gallon. So, I do not know what the claim is all about. All the drivers that fatally died, were sooooooooooooooo young!!!! So, let me explain that. Why the Court permit one lady that gave her daughter like 19 years old for adoption, right now is claiming, not just claiming asking for money too. That’s a shame.

Apr 01, 2014 11:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

If you hang 4 pounds of pictures and crap on your key chain, you will have problems. Of course you will. You will eventually shear the key off or you will rotate the switch when your chain-o-crap swings around. That’s just common sense. I don’t believe that something is ‘faulty’ just because it fails under misuse.

Apr 01, 2014 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

This week, GM is required to release the names of all 13 victims who were involved in these ignition shut-off deaths.

My money is on at least 10 of them being female. Women carry their keys in purses and accumulate more junk on their key chains (they are not limited by pocket size). This is my prediction. We will see if I am close.

Apr 01, 2014 12:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RetiredHappy wrote:

GM vehicles were suffering from ignition switch failures way, way back when the switch was on the dashboard and even when only the two vehicle keys (door/ignition, trunk) were on the ring. Been there, experienced that.

Apr 01, 2014 12:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

So… what would happen to me, if I owned a used car lot and KNOWINGLY sold a car with a safety issue that resulted in a death? Say.. a bad tie-rod, faulty brakes, or maybe a steering column issue.

I’d likely be charged with Negligent Homicide and then have to serve jail time, right?

Then – why does big business get a ‘pass’ on this? Why do they have a free pass to kill for profit?

How big does a business have to be to get this free pass? And how many lives is the business allowed to destroy before it faces REAL consequences?

How can charges for negligent homicide be ignored in this situation?

Apr 01, 2014 1:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4sight2020 wrote:

the bigger story is why the regulators were silent on gm’s inaction while prosecuting toyota for it’s handling of it’s callbacks. could it have something to do with the taxpayer bailout maybe? either we have the most incompetant group of regulators or they were directed by someone to focus elsewhere.

Apr 01, 2014 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

13 dead, and I’m guessing GM and all those responsible will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

“Corporations are people” my ass.

Apr 01, 2014 4:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LoveJoyOne wrote:

Fact is, US automakers make junkmobiles.

In fact, the whole US consumer economy is geared toward consumption of garbage products: the only thing that counts is the price.

Check out the shelves in any Walmart store, then tell me I’m wrong.

The culture of “consumerism at all costs” has to change if this country is going to pull itself out of the pits.

Apr 01, 2014 5:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

a classic harvard business school NOT to run a major automobile company..You know, they sat on their fat arses and had no regard for the people, that drove their cars and eventually died from their corp negligence..i guess, the union bosses, who were sooo concerned for the working men and women that they trumpet to care for, also did nothing…well boo on them also..someone should have leaked this problem early on…they all stink…..

Apr 01, 2014 5:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BurnerJack wrote:

Contrary to popular opinion, those involved are most likely not concerned with stock price consideration or even impact to sales, let alone the human cost.
I await the criminal complaints to be handed down. Criminal responsibility is the only answer here. No monetary compensation can assuage the loss of life nor prevent such irresponsibility.
Prison sentences can only offer some sense of justice.

Apr 01, 2014 5:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jdcremer wrote:

Only because they got cough. Just as in the past greed drives people to look at life as money and frankly they do not give much value to life. This has happened countless times over countless centuries and we still do not get it. Greed is like being a drunk, you can not see it, you will not admit it but in the end people will die for it.

Apr 01, 2014 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Zaichik wrote:

Most of the comments seem to overlook the key question: where in heck was the NTSB? The problems were no secret, but our government failed to apply the standards aplied to other auto companies to “Government Motors”. This, surely, is the real disgrace.

Apr 01, 2014 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:

Everything coming out of her mouth was written and scrutinized by GM corporate lawyers.

Apr 01, 2014 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlZHeimer wrote:

What a lot of crappola! “I find that statement to be very disturbing. As we do this investigation and understand it in the context of the whole timeline – if that was the reason the decision was made, that is unacceptable. That is not the way we do business in today’s GM.” It is the way you do business today because you didn’t find out about the issue for a month after you took the reins. Not a high priority of your staff regardless of your position. You have to change the culture, not just provide sound bites for the media.

Apr 01, 2014 8:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Murray_B wrote:

The problem is not some little switch. The issue is much larger than that. The real problem is that many companies are making cars that become completely uncontrollable when a small component like a switch or a gas pedal fails.

Apr 02, 2014 4:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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