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It's a Crime

The law is giving more jail time for business decisions that harm employees and customers.

By Steven C. Bahls

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Congress took action last fall when the public learned about thedeaths and injuries attributed to faulty Firestone tires on FordExplorer SUVs. And it didn't hurt that the election was not faraway. Republicans and Democrats alike called for new laws topromote product safety and punish executives and owners whowillfully ignore safety warnings.

In September, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) proposed brief butsweeping legislation that would have imposed a prison term of up to15 years on anyone who knowingly allowed a defective product thatlater killed someone to enter interstate commerce. The law wouldhave held responsible anyone who manufactured, assembled, imported,sold or otherwise produced or transferred the product.

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