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General Motors is making all kinds of headlines due to its failure to recall their faulty ignition switches in various 2000 model vehicles. So far, over a million vehicles are reported to be a part of this ignition switch issue. The company first knew of the issue back in 2001. Four years later, '05 lead them to a cost-benefit analysis report that recently surfaced, deciding that it was going to be too costly to do anything. So, they essentially did nothing. What would have been appropriate behavior, a massive recall. The cost the report suggested per car would have been about $1.00 a vehicle.
Apparently there is a little spring looking piece in these cars that is just a little too short, causing vehicles to randomly malfunction by turning the ignition to "OFF" or "Accessory Mode"; power steering, power brakes, seat belts and air bags just suddenly don't work. 13 deaths and 32 crashes
have so far come out directly because of the faulty ignition switches in various GM vehicles.
How can General Motors get away with not recalling vehicles that have faulty ignition switches, especially when there are 13 examples of it killing people?? The only thing that GM has done, as far as I can gather from the news stories is suggest that you don't weigh down the ignition switch by carrying any other keys except for the car key. So, no house keys or big key chain accessories, etc. That's their grand solution.
The Daily Show ran this report saying that GM more or less gets to fall into a grey area of corporate liability, thanks to the fact that they filed for a form of bankruptcy after the recall should have happened, but before it came out to the public. In what world does this make sense, or sound remotely fair to you at all?