Posted By Chris Givens || Apr 1, 2014
"Profits over People", is a phrase that is often used in injury cases. The implication is that a larger entity (business, group, etc.) has made the financial decision to allow an unsafe environment because fixing the problem would otherwise harm that company's bottom line. The recent GM recall is a perfect example of profits over people.
GM has recalled six models of cars recently because of a faulty ignition switch that is prone to turn off it is bumped. This turning off of the ignition shuts down the engine and disables the car's airbags. GM has linked 13 different deaths to this problem, and recalled 1 million cars. A recent report in the Tampa Bay Times said that GM was aware of problems with the Chevy Cobalt for years, and that it was the most repurchased car (via Florida's lemon laws for problematic automobiles) in its class.
More than 4,500 complaints about the Cobalt were filed between January 2005 and March 2014. The article cited above mentioned that drivers would be driving, hear a ding, and then lose control of their steering. Other cars turned off without a warning. GM's decision to place profits over people's safety led to multitudes of personal injuries that could have otherwise been avoided.