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GM has decided to hang 20 million recalled vehicles and a decade long failure to rectify production mistakes on a single engineer...

Meet Raymond DeGiorgio the lone ranger himself.

Mr. DeGiorgio joined GM in June 1991 and worked on a variety of different switches before being assigned to handle the 2003 Saturn Ion and 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt switches, according to his deposition in a lawsuit involving a Georgia woman who died in a Cobalt crash. At the time, GM had just brought switch design back in-house from suppliers to combat warranty issues and improve quality control.
The Valukas report portrays Mr. DeGiorgio as struggling to fix problems with his design, and at one point describing it as "the switch from ****."
In November 2004, Mr. DeGiorgio received an email from an engineer in a GM team that works on high-performance versions of its cars, who said the group had noticed stalls on a test track when a driver's knee "slightly" grazed the key fob. Despite being informed of the problem again, Mr. DeGiorgio made no changes to the ignition switch.

A separate warning about problems with ignition switches came from Laura J. Andres, a GM employee, who told 10 GM engineers including Mr. DeGiorgio of her experience with a Chevrolet Impala that stalled after she went over a bump in the road in August 2005.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-20/meet-lone-engineer-gm-blaming-all-its-troubles
 

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I bet that everyone else at the company is happy that they are not the one to be thrown under the bus. I just doubt that at a company this size, this one guy should be held so accountable for this problem. Seems pretty convenient to me.

I guess part of the problem is that the organization is so large its hard to pin point specific people who made mistakes. Wouldn't that be more of the fault of the high up execs though? Maybe, but they are far too successful and rich to ever be fired, or to admit personal fault.
 

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I want to hear a check up story on him like 3 or 4 years from now. Do you think that his professional life has been completely ruined by this? I bet it will be a tough sell for him to get another job in the auto industry after he was blamed for basically leading to the deaths of a good 20 or more people.
 

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Did you guys actually read the story?

No one is happy to see one guy get tossed under the bus, it means there is no method to the madness, you could be next. It breeds a culture of disaster and self preservation.

.gov is not buying the GM narrative no matter how hard they try and sell it. Sure its the fault of the higher ups, the higher ups are the ones who offered this gentleman up on a platter.

why should we care what this man is up to in 4 years, no one cares about him, we just want to watch the carnage...
 

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Did you guys actually read the story?

No one is happy to see one guy get tossed under the bus, it means there is no method to the madness, you could be next. It breeds a culture of disaster and self preservation.

.gov is not buying the GM narrative no matter how hard they try and sell it. Sure its the fault of the higher ups, the higher ups are the ones who offered this gentleman up on a platter.

why should we care what this man is up to in 4 years, no one cares about him, we just want to watch the carnage...
every man for himself.
 

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Certainly seems like a pretty terrible time to work at GM. So many recalls, and lots of stuff getting shaken up. It doesn't sound very pretty at all.

Was he the only guy fired? Wasn't there a few others who got the axe as well, just not with quite so much blame.
 
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