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Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?

 
Bongo7
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07/17/2014 11:26 AM

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Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
"With the ever-widening crisis at General Motors over faulty -- and deadly -- ignition switches, a new bill has been introduced that's aimed at curbing similar problems.

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D.-Conn.) and Bob Casey (D.-Pa.) on Wednesday introduced the Do No Harm Act of 2014, which would make it a crime for any executive to conceal a defect sold by their company that poses the risk or death or serious injury. Executives who violate the law would face as many as five years of prison.

The bill's introduction comes on the eve of another Senate hearing about GM's defective ignition switches, with a focus on the accountability and corporate culture of the giant automaker. If such a law had been enacted earlier, the defective switches would have been disclosed earlier, and possibly even halted before the parts made their ways into GM cars, Blumenthal told The Detroit News. "

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Link to thread with live feed of Senate Hearing on GM recall:
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07/17/2014 11:28 AM

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Re: Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
Yes... Especially Toyota.
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07/17/2014 11:29 AM
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Re: Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
Yes... But only if the evidence on hard drives has not been destroyed yet.
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07/17/2014 11:58 AM

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Re: Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
To me it seems like "Up to 5 years in prison" is extremely lenient. I guess imposing any prison sentence on the elite is a taboo in itself though...
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07/17/2014 11:59 AM

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Re: Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
If it can be established and they sat on it yes. What happened with Toyota has all the other manufacturers now doing recalls where they would not have. The settlement with Toyota though didn't establish what was going on. Corporate executives enjoy immunity from liability in a variety of ways. I can't see where the immunity should exclude them from criminal prosecution where it was there clear decision to cover up problems. Then you have corporate structures that make it easy to cover up blame.

You should not have to assume risk that a newer well maintained car should have problems that might kill you.
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07/17/2014 12:02 PM

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Re: Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
You should not have to assume risk that a newer well maintained car should have problems that might kill you.
 Quoting: Dirtyboy


This.
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07/17/2014 01:17 PM
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Re: Should auto execs who cover up faulty cars go to prison?
You should not have to assume risk that a newer well maintained car should have problems that might kill you.
 Quoting: Dirtyboy


This.
 Quoting: Bongo7


they have too much 'afflueza' to get a fair trial.

if ten or more people died, because of them, execute them.

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