G.M.'s Fine Shows More Lack of Accountability

Surprise! General Motors continues to avoid accountability for the ignition switch recall. 

According to an article in the New York Times, federal safety regulators have fined G.M. $28,000 for not providing much of the information requested for an investigation into the recent recall. The deadline for that information was due by Thursday, April 3.

It continues to be apparent that G.M. is doing everything in its power to hide the ball from consumers, victims, congress, and now a federal agency. 

“They can’t get their stories straight,” David E. Johnson, chief executive officer of Strategic Vision LLC, a public relations and branding company based in Atlanta, told Bloomberg News. “They promised to be transparent. It looks like they’re hiding something now.”

Over the last week, it became even clearer how important the civil justice system was in this recall. The civil justice system ensures that corporations are held accountable for the harm they cause. 

As the number of injuries and deaths caused by the ignition switch defect rises as expected, so will the pressure on G.M. to accept responsibility. 

If no one is accountable, no one is safe.