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Law would make it a crime to conceal faulty products that are dangerous



Published: Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 10:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON D.C.

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.


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176Ytown(1242 comments)posted 2 months ago

So it's come down to it takes a law on the books before a company will do the right thing? We don't need a law that prevents them from concealing their defects, don't we already have that? We just need to make it hurt if they do.They need to be held accountable all the way to the top. Fire their a**es and no golden parachutes or golden handshakes allowed. In fact, they should be forced to return any bonuses received and penalized on top of that.

And while we're at it, explain to me why we need to pay government employees bonuses for doing their job? How many private citizens get bonuses? Rare.

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