Auto Safety Regulators
Federal regulators have fined General Motors
(“GM”) $7000/day for failure to answer questions regarding its ignition-switch recall. In a letter to GM
, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) said that GM’s multiple reasons for not responding were not sufficient. Per the letter:
GM did not respond to over a third of the requests in the Special Order by the April 3 deadline. The Special Order specifically instructed: "You are required to respond to ever request listed in this Special Order." On April 4, 2014, you acknowledged that GM had not fully responded to the Special Order. You explained that GM did not fully respond because an investigation by Anton Valukas and his team was in progress . . . Mr. Valukas' investigation is irrelevant to GM's legal obligation to timely respond to the Special Order and fully cooperate with NHTSA.
NHTSA is investigating GM due to the company’s acknowledgment that employees knew of faulty ignition switches used in their cars for nearly a decade, yet failed to recall any vehicles. Thus far, 13 deaths have been linked to the faulty ignition switches.
GM missed the April 3 deadline to answer more than one-third of the 107 questions regarding the investigation.
When you purchase a new car, truck or motorcycle, you expect it to run safely without breaking down for a considerable amount of time. For the most part, the law agrees with this assumption. Florida state law will hold car manufactures and car component manufactures responsible for defects in new vehicles, such as:
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