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GM ignition switch redesign rejected in 2005 due to $0.90 cost per vehicle...

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by RubberToe, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. RubberToe

    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

    Jun 28, 2012
    Pasadena, Ca
    General Motors Co. in 2005 decided not to change an ignition switch eventually linked to the deaths of at least 13 people because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car, according to an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators.

    GM avoided defective switch redesign in 2005 to save a dollar each - Yahoo Finance

    My thoughts at the time of the GM bailout were that the government should have let them go belly up, and the company assets should have been sold off to the highest bidder capable of actually producing automobiles. These revelations only confirm my gut feeling at the time. Maybe next time things will be a little different.

    I'll bet there aren't many ex-GM executives working for Tesla these days...
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Apr 3, 2009
    Nah, the new fisker will be snatching all those up :tongue:

    On topic, while I'm not at all defending GM, the title (as usual) doesn't tell the whole story:

    400k is nothing to save some lives, but it's not like they were just like "eh, 90 cents can get us all an extra bottle of water per car!"

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