Fiat Chrysler Under Investigation for Handling of Recalls

Fiat Chrysler Under Investigation for Handling of Recalls

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is under scrutiny for how its handled numerous recall campaigns.

The American automaker is being invested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on how it handled 20 recall campaigns that covered over 10-million vehicles since 2013. NHTSA is holding an unprecedented public hearing on July 2 in Washington, D.C. with NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind saying that the agency has “significant concerns” about the automaker’s performance. “We need to determine if there is a pattern here that presents a significant safety hazard,” Rosekind added.

At the public hearing, the government will be able to call witnesses and is the first ever to focus on a series of recalls from a single automaker. It is also the first public hearing for NHTSA since 2012.

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Following the public hearing, NHTSA could order actions to expedite repairs or order the automaker to buy back vehicles that are believed to be unsafe. In addition, the agency could hand out fines as it sees fit to FCA. Earlier this week, NHTSA issued an order requesting answers to detailed questions about its performance in recalls and FCA will have until June 1 to respond. The 12-page order covers 20 separate recall campaigns that date back to 2013, including all reports of fires, crashes and deaths, repair bulletins to dealers and all lawsuits related to recalls.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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