If investigators conclude that General Motors willfully ignored problems involving faulty ignition switches, which have already been linked to at least 13 traffic deaths, the company’s leaders should be put to death, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore suggested Tuesday.
"I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks," Moore posted on his Facebook page.
GM is under investigation for its failure to issue a recall over the switches. Members of Congress are also asking why the company continued to use the switch in its cars even though it knew the faulty part didn’t meet the company’s own specifications.
The automaker’s new CEO, Mary Barra, has promised that she will get to the bottom of the switch issue, which has won her at least some praise from Moore.
"Only now, under the newly-configured GM — owned, essentially, by you and me from 2009 through last year — has the truth come out," he wrote. "And my guess is that it has to do with the fact that a mother now runs General Motors."
Moore blamed former President George W. Bush's Transportation Department for allegedly ignoring the switch problem in 2007.
“In 2007 a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official recommended a formal investigation but was overruled by others in Bush's "business-friendly" Transportation Department,” he wrote.
The liberal filmmaker also used his post to lament GM’s culture of corporate greed.
"F*** you, f*** me, and f*** everybody they sent to their deaths. That pretty much sums up their 'culture,’” he wrote.
The filmmaker ended his rant by calling on the Obama administration to pursue GM until justice is served.
“I hope someone in the Obama administration will get out the handcuffs, the SWAT teams, or the U.S. army if need be, march into GM headquarters in downtown Detroit and haul away anyone who is there who had anything to do with this. And if they already left town, hunt them down and bring them in to face justice,” Moore wrote.
- 1.6m Chevy Cobalts had faulty ignition switches that would turn off the car’s engine if bumped by the driver’s knee and which may have caused 12 deaths.
- 1.3m Chevy Traverses with faulty airbags.
- Another 700,000 cars – ranging from Chevy Silverados to GMC Sierras and Yukons – had loose transmission lines that could cause fires.
- A batch of Chevy Cruzes had a problem in which the front wheels might lose power, even though the engine would keep going.
- Over 300,000 GMC Savana and Chevy Express vans were recalled by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration over other airbag problems. (GM built those vans between 2009 and 2014, the same years the company was creating a victorious comeback narrative around its bankruptcy.)
- Just yesterday, the company issued a wider recall of 1.3m Chevy, Saturn and Pontiac cars for power steering issues.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)
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