Johnson Controls, Inc. put every auto buyer in harms way motivated entirely by greed. Critical components in seat mechanisms and door latches were provided to Ford, Generals Motors, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and many others and ALL were NOT in compliance with a critical mandated safety requirement. Should you or someone known to you, have been the victim of seat failure in crash circumstance or door/hood latch failure resulting in injuries or death, please read further.
Various components that make up these assemblies are hardened to provide strength and wear resistance. These components are hardened at various Rockwell C specifications. Coatings and electro-plating for surface protection has the "potential" of imparting atomic hydrogen into the part which must be relieved by post baking of the part which "drives" off the hydrogen. THIS IS AN AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SPECIFICATION and can not be tested out, only tested after for compliance.
Metallurgical science and all the automotive companies recognize this danger and require this procedure. It is a well recognized deterrent to eliminate brittle components. Avoiding the baking process is a fruad upon the public and upon Johnson Controls clients. Due to the potential for any or all components to become brittle if not baked, selected testing does not apply under any circumstance.
Johnson Controls, through it's Mechanisms Group, has and continues to sell millions of these assemblies to OEM for some 30 years. As of 2000, they had falsified every warrant to their customers certifying compliance with this critical safety specification.
As president of Cavalier Metal Corporation from 1989 it was my unfortunate responsibility to be engaged in litigation for breach of contract stemming from a sudden but fatal extraction of all Johnson Controls' coating and electro-plating business which was outsourced to Cavalier in 1989. That litigation was successful but appealed on a former employee being a member of that jury in 2000. Cavalier filed this litigatiion in early 1996 and predicated on the dealings with Johnson Controls lawyers it took nearly five years to get to court. The appeal took another two years and now we are going back at square one.
I am pleased to announce that a trial will finally begin March 8, 2005 in the 26th Judicial Distrit, Henderson County at Lexington, Tennessee.
Cavalier was instructed by Johnson Controls during and after the outsourcing of the coating and plating from their Lexington and Linden, Tennessee plants that they had obtained and maintained a "variance" or deviation for the process of relieving (baking) hydrogen from their parts. This was in mid 1989 when both of these plants provided coatings and electro-plating in-house and had been for 20 years.
In September 1993 a corporate quality assurance audit was requested by Johnson Controls, led by the Corporate Metallurgist, Ms. Elizabeth Powell; Ms. Rita White, SQA Manager and d**k Davies, Linden QA manager. Upon learning that Cavalier had not quoted, had not processed and the instruction of various Johnson Controls' managers of a variance; Ms. Rita White stated "I will not go to jail over this". That's a real attention getter. Cavaliers owner, myself and the plant manager were instructed to assist in providing part numbers and be prepared to begin the post backing immediately. Cavalier did not have to prepare based on business with another automotive supplier for which we did provide post baking of hardened parts.
The Johnson Controls audit team disappeared nor could they be contacted. Cavalier made it's vigorous inquiry with the management of both plants and in particular Lexington which was the primary producer of parts and Cavalier's contractual relationship source. No one would acknowledge the need, the purpose or generally it's existance. Contact was finally made with the Corporate Quality Assurance Manager, Mr. Ken Grezlik, and Cavalier's owner any myself met him and the afore mentioned audit team in Plymouth, Michigan September 26, 1994. Immediate demand was made that Cavalier proceed to compliance with the assistance of the audit team for full implimentation. No problem.
The team was never heard from and the business was pulled by Johnson Controls in December 1994, three months later; an obvious case of "kill the messenger". The volume averaging some 200,000 parts per day, and the sudden breach of the second three year contract with fifteen months remaining, caused the collapse of Cavalier and they never looked back.
The product was moved to various sources, none of which provided the essential process. That fact, among many others, came to light in the first trial in 2000. A vailed effort was made for the first 30 days and then eliminated.
Every board member of Johnson Controls, including it's current CEO John Barth, was sent certified letters of the details of the conspiracy and the prevailing fact that safety of the auto buying public had and continued to be put at risk. No reply.
The Officers of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were also sent certified letters. No reply. Be certain that contact between the parties involved a single position; You crooks, Johnson Controls, will take any heat however a recall is not in our best interest.
The classic piece of this horrible fraud that could and likely did cause catasprophic failure and potential failure of the components on millions of automobiles and the likely injury and death of innocent victims is that their own estimate of the cost of this process, as afforded to me by Ms. Powell of the audit team, was $500,000 annually. This is a $26,000,000,000 company.
I have the depositions, exhibits, trial transcripts, internal documents of Johnson Controls, Automotive specifications and the absolute and undeniable evidence of this fruad and would be delighted to share same with ANY interested party at no cost.