In the wake of the General Motors scandal, I would have to wonder if the former CEO of the company knew about the problems with the ignition switch, and if he did, did he stick his head in the sand and hoped that it would go away? Since the problem was known by the company 10 years ago, I would have to say that he indeed did know about the 57 cent switch that as of right now has cost 13 people their lives. That’s a nice inheritance to leave to the first female CEO of the company, who is now left to defend this utterly senseless attempt to save the company money.
When Mary Barra was selected to lead GM, it was a celebrated event with all the pomp and circumstances benefiting the first woman to lead this automaker who has been an American mainstay since just after Henry Ford brought the automobile to the forefront of everyday life. But the tragedy of recent events has all but thrown a wet blanket on her shiny new crown. One thing that can be said is that she’s taking it in stride, and she has vowed to make the company more transparent in the future and if there is a problem with any vehicle, the public will know immediately. We all know that’s no solace to the families that have lost loved ones and they made that clear on their recent trip to Capital Hill.
This debacle started back in 2000 when it was decided that GM’s Cobalt, and Saturn Ion couldn’t be made cheaply using the current design, and so cost cutting measures needed to be made. These vehicles are the ones that are being recalled because of the faulty ignition switches. The number of these vehicles are somewhere around 1.6 million, meaning that some of these cars that are still out there are virtual death-traps. Let’s hope that everyone who has one got the recall notice. The burning question that’s on everyone’s mind is why did it take so long to issue the recalls? Well in my opinion, whoever made the decision to go with the faulty switch never saw it leading to the deaths of innocent people and had the “no one will ever find out” attitude. But you can bet that the problem was discussed by quite a few people before the OK was given to go ahead with the switch. And now the attempt to save money on a part that cost under a dollar will cost General Motors Millions in lawsuits and fines. But there is no amount of money that will bring back the lives lost