GM Fires 15 for Ignition Recall Blunders, America Deserves to Know Who
Yesterday marked the first time that General Motors President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra spoke openly and publicly on the delay in recalling millions of vehicles with faulty ignition cylinders which ultimately cost somewhere in the area of a dozen people their lives. After being grilled by the federal government over the companies lackluster effort in recalling these vehicles, Barra launched an internal investigation with former US Attorney Anton Valukas. As expected, the results of that investigation indicated that the company did not act as they should have and Barra said that the report was "extremely thorough, brutally tough and deeply troubling."
The company has already begin to be far more proactive on safety recall issues, with recalls touching every car from the least expensive economy models to the mighty Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Cadillac V Series. In addition to that, GM has expanded their team which examines and handles safety issues to help make sure that things like the ignition cylinder failure don’t ever fall through the cracks again. This new process also involves higher level management in these recall process as well.
15 Fired from GM for Inappropriate Actions
Finally, Mary Barra explained that 15 GM employees were fired as a result of the failure to recall these vehicles and that half of them were executives. However, GM hasn’t offered a list of who was fired nor have they announced what positions will need to be filled as a result of these firings. While General Motors is no longer owned by the federal government, the company exists today due to the financial support of the American taxpayer and it is those same taxpayers who were most deeply affected by GM’s improper recall processes. There are millions of these cars on the road today with the ignition problem and that is because of the actions and decision of these 15 people.
The actions of those GM employees fired literally cost people their lives and the American public deserves to know who the people were who made these decisions. While General Motors is working as quickly as possible to clean up this mess, every American driver faces a risk – albeit a small one – of being more seriously impacted by the decisions of these fired GM employees.
In the long run, the failure to recall these vehicles in a timely fashion has cost the automaker millions upon millions of dollars and with General Motors being a publicly traded company – the many shareholders around the country deserve to know which people at which corporate positions were most directly responsible for mistakes that had a massive impact on the value of their stock. General Motors is likely trying to remain as quiet as possible with reference to the names of these individuals as to protect their careers and life as a whole, but it seems to me that sooner or later we are bound to find out. If nothing else, General Motors will eventually need to replace these folks (at least the unnamed executives) and those appointments would indicate what position was vacated previously.
General Motors has done a great job of just coming right out and coming clean on everything regarding the failure to recall the faulty ignitions and it is surprising to me that the company hasn’t at least named the positions of the men and women fired as a result of the internal investigation. Perhaps the company has decided to give the people who have been fired some advanced notice before making it public knowledge, but I expect that in the next few weeks the positions of those workers blamed for this whole mess will suffice.