Sometimes my youngest nephew wants me to watch him play video games. The little gamer has learned I won’t watch games involving killing or violence, though he reassures me he’s only destroying the ‘bad’ guys.’ I tell him it’s not that simple–the good guys vs the bad guys.
Then I hear about the GM ignition switch problem with subsequent injuries and deaths despite 10 years of knowledge of the issue. Production continued. The excuse is basically that they made a mistake.
This, on the heels of my own experience with a national home builder who sold me and a couple hundred of my neighbors brand new homes with known structural defects (the subject of a whistleblower lawsuit, Ruben O’Neill v. KB Home). How nobody died from collapsing second and third floor decks is beyond me. The same excuse surfaced here–they made a mistake.
One thing I had not considered in the GM case was the prosecution of those whose cars inflicted harm on others. Not only were people knowingly sold defective vehicles they were then punished for their inability to control those faulty vehicles. A mistake?
There is also the apparently common practice of silencing plaintiffs upon settlement with big corporations, otherwise known as a confidentiality agreement. In two previous articles, ‘Con Game’ and ‘What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Cybersquatting Lawsuits’–the website referenced has been removed. True to form, the home builder is ‘covering tracks, silencing buyers, hiding facts’ because of… a mistake?
What a company does after making a ‘mistake’ speaks volumes. Maybe the little gamer was right after all…