The record-setting fine is being reported by The Wall Street Journal, which also said that FCA will have to accept an independent auditor that will begin monitoring the automaker’s recall and safety processes. Fiat Chrysler will also have to buy back certain recalled vehicles as a result of the settlement. The report also says that with certain recalls, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs with gas tanks that could potentially catch fire, the company will have to offer financial encouragement for owners to get their recall work done, or towards the trade in of the older vehicles for a new car.
The company could potentially reduce its fine by meeting certain conditions, although details on that remains unclear at this time. In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started an investigation into how Fiat Chrysler handled 20 recall campaigns and held an unprecedented hearing on July 2 in Washington, D.C. The government claims that the automaker failed to follow proper procedures for recalls and safety defects, resulting in the record fine.
It’s worth noting that the investigation did not involve the recent report of Uconnect vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to take over a Jeep Cherokee remotely.
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]
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