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Fiat Chrysler Will Pay $150M, Largest Ever NHTSA Penalty

Joe Mont | July 28, 2015

Acknowledging violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to a $105 million civil penalty, the largest ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The automaker agreed to  an independent monitor, approved by the NHTSA and in place for three years, to assess, track and report the company’s recall performance. It will also be required to buy back some defective vehicles from owners.

The enforcement action comes after a July 2 public hearing at which NHTSA officials outlined problems with Fiat Chrysler’s execution of 23 vehicle safety recalls covering more than 11 million defective vehicles. Fiat Chrysler has since admitted to violating the Safety Act in three areas: effective...

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