Days before GM CEO Mary Barra headed to Washington to testify for a third time in front of lawmakers regarding her company’s handling of the fatal ignition switch flaw in millions of older GM cars, senators announced Wednesday a new bill that would criminalize some of GM’s admitted behavior.
If the Democrat-sponsored bill passed, individual company officers could risk prison time if products they oversee lead to consumer or employee death and injury.
“As early as 2004, corporate officers at General Motors were aware of an ignition defect in certain vehicles that should have been recognized as a serious danger,” Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.) said in a statement announcing the measure. “GM’s own internal investigation concluded that, as early as 2011, high-level corporate officers at GM recognized the serious dangers.”Read Article