Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Fine US$ 70 M

Fiat Chrysler
American auto safety regulators announced last 10 December that they fined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US$ 70 million for failing to report deaths and injury data in its vehicles, bringing the automaker’s total fines for safety-related issues this year to US$ 175 million.

The fines, agreed to by Fiat Chrysler, come with requirements for the company to have an independent auditor oversee its safety defect reporting and make steps to improve its processes. Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation say Fiat Chrysler failed to file what’s known as "early warning" data—everything from lawsuits and warranty claims to deadly crashes reported to the automaker—that can be used to spot vehicle defects.

"Accurate, early-warning reporting is a legal requirement, and it's also part of a manufacturer’s obligation to protect the safety of the traveling public," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "We need FCA and other automakers to move toward a stronger, more proactive safety culture, and when they fall short, we will continue to exercise our enforcement authority to set them on the right path."

Earlier this year, the government fined Honda US$ 70 million for also failing to report some 1,700 deaths, injuries and other incidents to regulators. Officials have not specified how many reports Fiat Chrysler overlooked, but said the mistakes date back to 2003, when the government first began collecting such data following the Ford-Firestone debacle.

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