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GM Could Be Looking For Loopholes

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On: Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:55AM | By: Karen Cook

GM Could Be Looking For Loopholes

Legalities baffle me sometimes. They seem to go against common sense, and those who resort to splitting hairs over what’s “legal” and what’s “right” annoy me to no end. GM is teetering on the edge of falling into this category.

General Motors Company is immersed in an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 1.3 million 2003-2007 model year vehicles which were sold at dealerships across the country with faulty ignition switches. The defect caused at least 13 deaths. GM was aware of the problem for a decade, but did nothing to keep the vehicles from making it into the hands of trusting buyers. Naturally the NHTSA wants to know why. As we all do.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, GM may be able to avoid any real obligation or responsibility in these cases due to the fact that it filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and became General Motors “Company” instead of “Corporation”, which means they didn’t manufacture the vehicles in question, technically at least. Word on the Web is that GM is accepting responsibility for these repairs only because of pressure from advocacy groups, and presumably in an effort to minimize negative publicity. Even so, it remains to be seen whether the car maker will pay out on any wrongful death lawsuits which may be in the works.

If I understand this scenario correctly, then I believe I don’t have to pay any debts which occurred before my divorce. I mean, my name was different then, so I am not responsible for anything done by that person. This is a very distorted version of “It Wasn’t Me” and GM should be ashamed of itself if it chooses to resort to legalities to get out of making things right for those affected by its mistake.


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