Law would make it a crime to conceal faulty products that are dangerous
A law that would make it a crime for a corporate officer to conceal information of a faulty product that is a danger to consumers and workers will be presented today by two senators.
U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, a Democrat of Pennsylvania, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, will introduce the Hide No Harm Act of 2014 at 11:15 a.m., according to a release issued by Casey’s office.
The act is in response to General Motors Co. taking a decade to issue recalls on faulty ignition switches, which resulted in deaths and injuries.
Consumer advocates will join the senators in introducing the bill that would instill a punishment of up to five years in prison, potential fines and it would “create a safe harbor from criminal liability in cases where a corporate officer notifies a federal regulatory agency and individuals subject to the danger,” according to the release.