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How corporate America keeps its secrets

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Eldorado

"Paula Lawlor was sifting through piles of internal General Motors Co documents in a hotel room outside of Los Angeles when she hit pay dirt: Company records showing that GM knew for years that stronger roofs on its vehicles could save lives.

"The year was 2000, and the researcher was helping a lawyer prepare a case on behalf of a young man who had been paralysed when the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving flipped. It was one of thousands of lawsuits GM and other automakers faced over the years that claimed that the roofs of their vehicles easily crumpled in rollovers, resulting in severe injury and death.

"GM invariably denied the allegations, arguing that roof strength made little difference. Now, Lawlor had in hand evidence to the contrary. Among other documents were 1980s test results showing that people wearing seatbelts in vehicles with stronger roofs were likely to suffer less severe injuries in a rollover."

Full article at Yahoo News: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/plaintiff-lawyers-help-corporate-america-140412478.html?

 

"In those 10 years, more than 5,000 seatbelt-wearing passengers died in GM rollover accidents, many more were injured, and the company was still pumping out new vehicles with similar roofs.

"As Lawlor saw it, the plaintiff lawyers should have raised alarms. “If you see something so egregious, don’t you think you have a responsibility to do something?” she said."

Full monty at Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-courts-secrecy-lawyers/

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aztek

there are more reasons to not buy a gm car, this one just adds one more to the pile,  

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Dark_Grey
36 minutes ago, aztek said:

there are more reasons to not buy a gm car, this one just adds one more to the pile,  

Like accepting millions of tax dollars in "bail out" money then moving their factories to China? GM cars were never great to begin with. I can't imagine their sales numbers are anything impressive.

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aztek
5 minutes ago, Dark_Grey said:

Like accepting millions of tax dollars in "bail out" money then moving their factories to China? GM cars were never great to begin with. I can't imagine their sales numbers are anything impressive.

i was staying away from political reasons, only practical, , their horrible dealer service,  not so reliable cars, resale value that drops pretty fast. hence higher lease prices.  

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