The Chevrolet Cobalt Vehicle

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General Motors acted in an unethical and negligent way by choosing not to take action when becoming aware of a fault in their ignition switch of the Chevrolet Cobalt vehicle. This caused the engine and electrical system to shut off if the keys were knocked, and ultimately resulting in multiple deaths due to the airbags not deploying during car accidents. General Motors first became aware of the problem in 2004 after a situation of the ignition switching off the vehicle after accidentally making contact with the key. Other employees soon replicated the ignition switch defect during test drives throughout that year. While engineers for G.M. suggested a fix to the issue, executives due to “consideration of the lead time required, cost and…show more content…
I feel saddened for the families of those involved in the fatal crashes that are a consequence of G.M.’s negligent action in pursuing and correcting this problem. They were let down by a large corporation who knowingly were aware of a defect in the Chevrolet Cobalt, and if I was to be put in their situation, I would feel deep resentment towards General Motors. However, I am not surprised as I do already have a strong distrust for large corporations. After having read countless reports on the news of the unethical, and often illegal, courses of action that companies will do in order to essentially reduce costs and increase profits. While I feel angered by this, my feelings are irrelevant to corporations as they are only interested in ways in which they can increase profit. I felt the same way after having studied the Enron case earlier in the semester. Though I feel Enron has acted more unethically and unscrupulous intentionally than General Motors, I am still saddened and sorrowful for the individuals and families who were unknowingly being lied to by the corporations. Individuals and families involved in these cases feel both an emotional and physical loss. I feel as someone who values honesty, it angers me that innocent people were affected in this way and taken advantage of. Enron’s profit-driven executives treated these individuals and families unfairly, as were the families of those involved in
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