GM Crash Fatalities: The 'Cost of Doing Business'

October 21, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Automaker General Motors is facing accusations of doing a “cost-benefit analysis” on human life and opting for the savings, as the recent recall of cars with defective ignition switches has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Victims of the crashes were just the “cost of doing business” for GM, charged Laura Christian, the mother of Amber Marie Rose, who died in 2005 when the airbag in her Chevy Cobalt failed to deploy. Christian was among other family members of victims and survivors of car accidents linked to defective ignition switches who traveled to Washington DC this week to confront the automaker.

Other car owners described how on multiple occasions their car would go from “45 [m.p.h.] to zero within seconds.”

GM’s new CEO Mary Barra reportedly met with the victims to hear their stories Monday evening, before appearing before at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday and a Senate panel on Wednesday.

Testifying before the subcommittee, Barra fielded questions regarding why GM repeatedly approved ignition switches despite—by GM’s own admission—an indication that there were problems with the device dating back to 2001.

As Al Jazeera reports:

The recall, which began in February of this year, includes all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice made from 2003-2011. More than 2.5 million cars are included in the recall.

In a recent Facebook post, documentary film director Michael Moore slammed the company for what he said was a “pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks.”