John hits the nail on the head. GM is getting a slap on the wrist for homicide. The best punishment GM should get is people stop buying their cars!
Such hyperbole. GM sold tens of millions of vehicles. Perspective is needed in these situations.
Unfortunately, $35M is the maximum fine allowed under current law. (Sucks, I know).
May 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM….if you were one of those killed in a gm defective vehicle we would not have to put up with such a silly post.
May 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM & May 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM: Since over a half-decade ago GM was run by Uncle Sam and US-appointed CEO including some board members. AND the US Government FAILED to REGULATE and FOLLOW UP. T H A T ' s why people died year after year! It's utterly horrific that our Federal Government never got EVEN a "slap on the wrist" for their failures in MANAGEMENT, in OWNERSHIP -- AND -- in GOVERNMENT INSPECTION; to show ANY accountability after THEY suspected problems YEARS AGO! Where is the accountability in our GOVERNMENT!!???
Our government is in the state it is today BECAUSE of corporations and corporate money, not because of women, black men, welfare, the EPA, or Jeebus, for that matter. If you can find this site you can find the truth. It's out there. Really.
June 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM I didn't mean to get political, but REALLY: peoples lives are at stake and billions of taxpayer dollars are paid to thousands of Government Inspectors every year ONLY for the purpose of preventing such mistakes. Here we have a case where, IN ADDITION TO THAT, the Government was ALSO the major stockholder (OWNER); AND they WERE the CEO (he was appointed by the President). Do you think all the bureaucratic pigeons that missed past mistakes--when they held ALL the card--are doing ANYTHING RIGHT NOW to prevent FUTURE atrocities??? -NOT!
Maybe. Maybe not. And I feel your pain; like the Gulf oil spill of a few years back, proper regulation (whatever that means) could have saved lives--even in this case. The sad thing is, when it comes to government failures, we'll almost never get a full and truthful accounting. It's always political BS, or spin, regardless if it's on the federal or state level (and the state level, let me tell you, is maybe even more corrupted). I feel strongly that the MONEY in politics has become THE issue. But, I'm SOL because it's not drying up any time soon. You might have a different opinion--maybe you lay fault with the state of society in general--and you might be right, but you're just as SOL, sadly.
June 5, 2014 at 4:58 PM It's not about money. It's PHILOSOPHY! Government Bureaucrats are far more concerned with "covering their tail" they they are about RESULTS. It's that way at the top and it's that way all the way down. GM's quality is worse now that before it went Bankrupt. So its not the money. Its the concept that puts careers ahead of customers and complacency ahead of safety. Its a Socialist mind set that rewards complacency and punishes the thinker. That's NOT what made GM a world automotive leader. That IS what will prevent it from ever being a leader again. It stifles creativity and rewards mediocrity. Its bureaucracy on Steroids. And it ignores individuals whether they're employees or customers. Like a big cold mindless machine.
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