Corporations are not people, my friend. If a salesman or someone you know tells you a lie, you ignore them, confront them, and maybe demand an explanation later. Or you simply stop speaking to them altogether. Whatever the circumstances, people may get hurt and feel the effects, but the story normally ends there.
When a corporate spokesperson tells a lie, the impact could be much worse. In the case of car companies, lies and misleading statements have killed people. But big corporations have the money to move on from bad publicity. As long as they mount an aggressive defense and shareholders continue getting their checks, the perpetrators may never face consequences. Quite simply, corporations get away with lying all the time.
Their customers are not so lucky. Since auto manufacturers began producing cars in America in the 1800s, we’ve seen safety shortcuts result in grave injuries and thousands of deaths. We’ve also witnessed flagrant cheating on fuel economy and other false statements about cars consumers expected to perform better. All in all, there have been far too many falsehoods from car companies to the car-buying public. Here are seven of the biggest lies automakers ever told.