The hallmark of lazy, complacent coders. With all the money they're raking in overcharging people for ships, etc.. on the C-$tore, there's no reason why they shouldn't be working.
Coders don't get to decide what they spend their time on. That's a management decision. If management tells them to ignore the bugs and make more ships which players might spend money on then that's what they have to do - even the industrious, meticulous ones. Ditto for pushing content into release with known bugs.
Same thing goes for the ridiculous color bugs present since Beta on KDF and now Romulan characters/BOFFs. It's odd that Fed side doesn't appear to have the mysteriously linked uniform parts that change colors together, but they can't be bothered to fix it elsewhere.
This bug is actually older than most people might think. It was in Champions Online before Star Trek Online was even released.