Two U.S. senators have filed a bill prompted by the massive General Motors Co. (GM) recalls for defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products. The proposal by Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania calls for up to five years in prison and fines for officers who know their products could cause death or injury to consumers or workers and hide that information. Senator Blumenthal said at a news conference that, “Corporate concealment can kill, and corporate officers who engage in concealment must be held accountable.” I totally agree with the Senator.
Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group, backs this legislation and is pushing hard for its passage. Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, along with Amanda Fleming, are taking the lead on this project. They should be commended for their efforts. Amanda, who serves as Director of the Civil Justice Project at Public Citizen, works very hard to protect consumers. This legislation is badly needed. If you agree, contact your Senators and House members and let them know how you feel.
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