Vicki Denton died several years ago after the airbag in her 1998 Dodge Caravan minivan failed to deploy during a head-on collision in the Georgia mountains. In 2009, a jury found Chrysler responsible for her death because of a manufacturing defect, awarding her surviving son and other relatives $2.2 million.
The family was near collecting those damages on the eve of Chrysler's government-brokered bankruptcy. Now, two years removed from a $12.5 billion bailout, Chrysler Group LLC still hasn't paid the damages, and doesn't have to.
While the democrats are busy breaking their arms patting themselves on the back for the "success" of the auto bailouts, there are people in extreme physical and emotional pain because of these same bailouts. They lost loved ones. Their dealerships took large financial hits. In short, the auto bailouts didn't work out as well for the Chrysler and GM victims as it did for one of Obama's great money pots - the UAW. Don't worry everyone, the retiree trusts for the UAW owns 10% of GM and 46% of Chrysler.
These are the great U.S. automakers that the left wants us to continue to buy cars and trucks from. One of these supposedly great automakers during a trial, lied about the safety of their seats.
During the trial, Chrysler said the passenger seats were designed to "yield" on impact because if they were too rigid, they could cause injuries to people sitting in them in more serious crashes. But a former Chrysler employee testified that the auto maker knew eight years before that the seats had safety problems and covered them up.
Democrats, lefties, and Obama supporters - know this: the bailout of the automakers was NOT a success. It is Chrysler's second bailout, and I'm sure it isn't their last. GM still owes us money and the U.S. treasury, in true socialist fashion, still owns 32% of the company. Last, but not least, these two companies KILLED AND MAIMED PEOPLE. Rather than having the stones to pay them, they gave money to the union, to some bondholders, and people who just deserved it less.
David Skeel said it best:
"This was not a normal case. The government was deciding who was going to be taken care of and who was not," said David Skeel, a University of Pennsylvania law school professor and bankruptcy expert who has testified before Congress on the auto bailouts. Even if the auto makers had legal rights to leave behind product-liability claims, "there is a deep unfairness," he said. "It would have been easy enough to set something aside for them."
Way to look out for the wrong people. The only U.S. car manufacturer worth buying from is Ford.