GM's failure to react to problems undermines consumer confidence


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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 9, 2014 12:52 p.m.


    I agree with you. If GM is fined, the OWNERS (stockholders) are hurt. It is their company. They prosper or lose money when the company that they own prospers or runs a deficit.

    Who should pay that fine? The employees? The management? The government?

    If someone fell off the chair that you provide for them at your desk in your office, should YOU be liable? Should your company? Should the person who fell? Unless you somehow sabotaged that chair, should you have any liability?

    Faulty parts were installed in GM vehicles. Apparently GM discovered that the parts were faulty. They tried to cover things up by assigning properly build replacement parts (that should have had a different part number), the same part number as the faulty parts. That decision showed contempt for normal business practices. If the reports are correct, GM did nothing to stop that practice. GM is liable for damages. Those who participated in that "scam" should be prosecuted. They should receive the appropriate penalty, but GM owes the families of those who were injured or killed.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    April 9, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    General Motors is now Government Motors. How will Barry deal with the bad press his company is getting?

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 9, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    This wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the evil union. I am sure that they did something to cause this and then cover it up.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 9, 2014 11:07 a.m.


    If corporations are people, who is hurt when the company gets fined?

    I contend that it is only the stockholders.

    "Criminal activity needs to be investigated."

    I completely agree.

    I am giving odds that not one person in GM will be criminally prosecuted. Any takers?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 9, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    How do you punish a corporation. A corporation cannot be "jailed". Punishment must come in the form of fines. The government took GM from its stockholders. If "people" need to go to jail, which government official is ultimately responsible?

    I'm not trying to excuse illegal or unethical behavior by anyone, but fining a corporation is how that corporation is punished.

    GM needs to pay a fine. It needs to pay a fine for its "cover up" and it needs to pay a greater fine to compensate the families of those who were harmed or killed by defects in a GM product.

    Those who participated in the "cover up" need to be exposed. Criminal activity needs to be investigated. People need to pay for any crime committed. That very well may include prison time; but, GM needs to pay a hefty fine. A very hefty fine.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    April 9, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    Since corporations are people then when will GM be indicted for the murder of those 13 people?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 9, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    This is what happens when the government bails out a car company. They simply don't have to be competitive anymore because taxpayers will pick up the slack. Mitt Romney, who was against the bailout of GM was right, again!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 9, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    I loved my 53, 55 57 and 70 Chevy's, The computer age in cars I thought would get great gas mileage. I can't see it. I dreamed of horse power with mileage. If I want horse power and stile I'll stay with the classics. I lost interest in Chevy when Body by Fisher was gone.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 9, 2014 5:36 a.m.

    Absolutely it undermines consumer confidence. Why? Because it happens all too often.
    And when it does, what happens?

    The corporation gets a big fine. And the stockholders take the hit. No one is personally punished. And NO ONE goes to jail.

    "But with evidence that the car maker knew about the ignition problem for at least a decade and suppressed damning documents"

    Sorry, but the CAR MAKER didn't know. GM didn't know. PEOPLE at the "car maker" knew.

    Until these people get personally prosecuted when they KNOW and HIDE "damning documents" nothing will change.

    My solution? When you KNOW, tell your boss and document it. Then your boss can either take the risk of prosecution, or tell his/her boss. Let the highest level employee that knew and did nothing, go to jail.

    I can assure you, THAT would bring back consumer confidence. And it would place the punishment where it belongs.

    If corporations are people, let people go to jail for their misdeeds.