The management of large american auto companies does not give their employees ownership & treat them like adults (and then hold them accountable for their decisions and performance). The Japanese companies do this with extraordinary rigor.I think the root of the problem is the labor pool. I said it before, they just don't care. A friend worked at Flat Rock and he had commented the general attitude towards work ethic was lacking. Back in the day, my wife grew up in Detroit. Those line workers made excellent money for a non educated labor force. Yet still they would do substandard work and sometimes even sabotage vehicles. I mentioned to my wife that my 500 has a door rattle which was due to trim parts in the door trim being loose. She said "oh, the old door rattle, back in the day, workers used to put stuff in the door to make it rattle on purpose". I didn't believe it and did a search. I came up with this....
Then there is this...
Yea, I know its not a first rate publication, but maybe there is something to it.
I am in no way saying this is the case here, but it makes you wonder.
True and very recent story:
We found a box cutter inside the turbocharger compressor outlet of one of our engines in a vehicle, a tool that is not permitted on the manufacturing floor. This was obvious sabotage. It destroyed the turbo compressor wheel and the charge air cooler.