Letter: No concern for public safety
Wow, isn’t capitalism wonderful! We rarely get as good a view into the workings of corporate decision-making as we have had in the recent case of General Motors and the faulty/deadly ignition switches.
I understand that news of the first deaths due to the faulty switches came out in 2004. GM decided to continue to use the old switches in order to save 57 cents per car, and thus protect shareholder value instead of lives.
About 13 people have died in accidents caused by the GM switches.
If we thought that a serial killer was on the loose, there would be a great clamor to arrest the killer.
But the employees who decided to keep on using the defective switches do not face jail.
If corporations want to be considered people, I suggest we should require some personal responsibility at the same time. What if we said that whoever was the CEO of GM at the time that the news of the deaths first came out and revisions of the switch were not made would face life in prison?
I bet that CEOs would tell their employees that a new safety ethic was needed – and fast.
These examples of a lack of adequate concern for the public safety are why I support strong government regulation.
ROBERT B. WILLIAMS Jr.