The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will keep a watchful eye over GM.
The agency has decided to extend a consent order for at least another year that subjects the American automaker to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition that resulted from the ignition switch recall that is now linked to over 100 deaths. Last year, GM agreed to the consent order that includes wide-ranging government oversight of the automaker’s safety processes for up to three years. On the anniversary of the consent order, the agency announced that the “unprecedented” oversight of how GM handles potential safety issues will remain for at least one more year.
NHTSA believes the oversight “has proven to be a productive and effective tool to proactively and expeditiously address potential safety-related defects.” Extending the oversight means GM will continue having to submit reports and meet regularly with NHTSA officials.
Since the massive ignition switch recall, GM has implemented numerous changes to its safety protocols, including appointing a global safety chief, reorganizing its engineering division and creating a program that encourages employees to report potential safety issues.
“GM learned a hard lesson last year,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “We expect to see the improvements they’ve made continue and that their new approaches are applied to every GM safety issue and every recall. Today’s action will help keep them on the right track.”
[Source: Automotive News]
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