True Defective: GM - Ms. Barra Goes to Washington

  • Aired:  04/02/14
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General Motors CEO Mary Barra learns about a deadly part malfunction and promises to act without hesitation to possibly think about maybe addressing the issue. (3:49)

[ LAUGHTER ]GM HAS KNOWN FOR OVER A DECADE

ABOUT A DEADLY DESIGN FLAW,WAITED YEARS TO ATTEMPT TO FIX

IT.

BOTCHED THE FIX.THREATENED TO RECOOP LEGAL

COSTS FROM ANYBODYWHO TRIED TO LITIGATE THE ISSUE

AND WHEN THE (bleep) HITTHE FAN DECIDED MAYBE IT'S TIME

TO PROMOTE CARGAL AND SO ON JANURY 15,

2014 MARY BARRA TOOK OVER GMAND WAS SOON THERE AFTER

MEANINGING YESTERDAY OFFEREDAN ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO

WASHINGTON'S ROMANTICHOUSE HEARING ROOM.

>> THIS IGNITION SWITCH ISSUEWAS FIRST -- CAME TO LIGHT IN

2006, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> IT CAME TO LIGHT TO ME ONJANUARY 31, 2014.

>> Jon: HOLY (bleep).

THEY HIRED HER AND THEN TOLD HERDURING HER ORIENTATION.

[LAUGHTER]WELCOME MS. BARRA YOU'REGONNA LOVE

THIS PLACE. THERE'S YOUR DESKOVER THERE, THERE'RE SOME

BUSINESS CARDS, STATIONARYSUPPLIES, OBVIOUSLY IN THE

CLOSET IF YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVEANYTHING IN THE

BREAK ROOM FRIDGE YOU'REGONNA WRITE YOUR NAME ON IT.

THAT'S EVERYTHING I THINK.

OH, WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEEASILY AVOIDABLE DEATHS OF AT

LEAST 13 PEOPLE.

AND THE LADIES ROOM IS DOWN THEHALL.

OKAY.

SO HOW DID CEO BARRA HANDLE IT?

>> AS SOON AS I LEARNEDABOUT THE PROBLEM WE ACTED

WITHOUT HESITATION.

WE'LL NOT SHIRK FROM OURRESPONSIBILITIES NOW OR IN THE

FUTURE.

TODAY'S GM WILL DO THE RIGHTTHING.

>> Jon: TODAY'S GM IS NOT ASHIRKER.

[ LAUGHTER ]AND IN FACT, THEY HIRED A LAWYER

THAT SPECIALIZES IN CASES WHEREVICTIMS ARE COMPENSATED SO THEY

PROBABLY HAVE A GREAT PLAN TOMAKE THIS RIGHT.

>> ARE YOU SAYING THAT THEHIRING OF MR. FEINBERG INDICATES

THAT GM WILL GIVE SOME KIND OFSETTLEMENT?

>> IT WILL TAKE PROBABLY 30-60DAYS TO EVALUATE THE SITUATION.

WE'VE NOT MADE ANY DECISIONS.

WE'VE JUST STARTED THIS PROCESSWITH MR. FEINBERG.

>> AND THAT MIGHT INCLUDE PEOPLEWHO HAVE BEEN INJURED AS WELL.

>> WE'VE NOT MADE ANY DECISIONS.

>> Jon: WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'SGONNA SAY.

MAYBE OUR LAWYER WILL RECOMMENDWE JUST DANGLE MONEY IN FRONT OF

PEOPLE WITHOUT GIVE THEM ANYOR MAYBE THE FAMILIES OWE US

MONEY. WE JUST HAVETO WAIT AND SEE.

AND THIS IS WHERE OUR UP TO NOWPLEASANT CRUISE OF A STORY

ENCOUNTERS AN UNEXPECTEDCATOSTROPHIC

TECHNICAL PROBLEMAND CAREENS INTO A DITCH.

WHY WOULD GM HAVE THE ABILITY TOIN ANY WAY WAIT AND SEE HOW THEY

FEEL ABOUT SETTLING THESE CASESWITH THESE CLEARLY WRONGED

FAMILIES?

HOW ARE THEY NOT AUTOMATICALLYLIABLE FOR DAMAGES?

>> UNDER THE TERMS OF THEEMERGENCE FROM FEDERAL

BANKRUPTCY PROTECTIONIN 2009 THE NEW

GENERAL MOTORS IS NOT LIABLEFOR CLAIMS FROM ACCIDENTS THAT

HAPPENED BEFORE JULY OF THATYEAR.

>> Jon: TADA. AND ONCE AGAIN WELEARNED THAT NOT ONLY ARE

CORPORATIONS PEOPLE THEYHAVE SOME SORT OF WEIRD MUTANT

POWER THAT ALLOWS THEM TO DODGETHE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR

ACTIONS.

BECAUSE GM DECLARED BANKRUPTCYTHEY ARE NO LONGER LEGALLY

LIABLE FOR HUMAN DEATHS THATTHEY CAUSED THROUGH THEIR

ADMITTED NEGLIGENCE.

I CANNOT WAIT FOR A NONCORPORATEPERSON TO TRY THAT (bleep).

NO, NO, YOUR HONOR, MY NAME ISNOT JEFFREY DAHMER. JEFFREY

DAHMER DECLARED MORALBANKRUPTCY A FEW YEARS BACK.

WHILE I DEEPLY REGRET THE OLDJEFFREY DAHMER'S ACTIONS.

I, JOFF DAMER AM NOT ON THEHOOK IN ANY WAY LEGALLY FOR THE

ADMITTED EATING OFSOME OF MY NEIGHBORS, I MEAN,

HIS NEIGHBORS. SO I'M JUST GOINGTO HEAD OUT, GET IN MY

CAR AND DRIVE AWAY. IT'S A FORDI'M NOT A MANIAC.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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