CAS Statement on GM Criminal Settlement with Justice Department

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September 17, 2015

“GM killed over a 100 people by knowingly putting a defective ignition switch into over 1 million vehicles.  Yet no one from GM went to jail or was even charged with criminal homicide.  This shows a weakness in the law not a weakness in the facts.  GM killed innocent consumers. GM has paid millions of dollars to its lobbyists to keep criminal penalties out of the Vehicle Safety Act since 1966.  Today thanks to its lobbyists, GM officials walk off scot free while its customers are six feet under.”

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