Feds Fine FCA $70M Over Safety Reporting Practices

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will pay a $70 million fine to conclude a U.S. investigation.

The company is being fined after it admitted in September that it failed “to provide Early Warning Report data to NHTSA as required by the TREAD Act of 2000.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the time called it a “significant failure.”

This isn’t the first time the automaker is reaching a fine settlement with NHTSA. In July, FCA agreed to pay $105 million as a result of its handling of nearly two dozen recalls affecting 11-million vehicles.

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As a result of the settlement, the company has also agreed to change procedures to ensure proper reporting. It will commission a third-party audit to ensure compliance with the law and to help determine the full extent of the reporting failures. FCA will also have to turn over all crash reports it failed to disclose within six months.

“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,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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