Yes, I think GM should be punished more severely for knowing their ignition switches were faulty. Companies should pay a very hefty price for knowingly selling defective products leading all the way to the loss of their business licenses. We would not accept buying a chocolate cake that tasted like salmon, so why should we be accepting of buying a car that has a broken ignition.
Anytime consumers buy an industrial product such as an automobile, they are doing so in good faith that the company has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of the product. This is all the more true in the case of a car, which has tremendous potential to injury or kill the user. GM has massively failed to hold up their end of this bargain, and for this they should be punished severely.
Any company who knowingly allows a defective item that could put humans in danger should be punished to the full extent of the law. If the company doesn't know and discovers, they need to contact customers immediately. GM knew they were installing faulty switches and just kept silent. They need to have maximum punishement.
Yes, GM should be held accountable for allowing a faulty ignition switch to be installed in their vehicles. It is my belief that allowing GM to only recall their faulty equipment and replace it is not impactful enough. Many accidents and deaths have been caused by these ignition switches and what of these individuals who have lost loved ones. These loses are senseless and should have been prevented with adequate quality control. Fines and accountability should be at the core of the punishment handed to GM.