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NHTSA Issues Record Fines in 2014; Fines Honda $70 Million

Jaclyn Jaeger | January 9, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration slapped Honda with two $35 million civil penalties, for a total of $70 million, for failing to report deaths, injuries, and certain warranty claims to the federal government in violation of the TREAD Act. Including Honda, NHTSA issued more than $126 million in civil penalties in 2014, exceeding the total amount collected by the agency during its 43-year history.

NHTSA’s investigation into Honda’s safety reporting found that the automaker failed to submit early warning (EWR) reports identifying potential or actual safety issues. The first civil penalty resulted from Honda’s failure to report 1,729 death and injury claims to NHTSA between 2003 and 2014. The second civil penalty resolves the manufacturer’s failure to report certain warranty.

In addition to civil penalties, Honda has been ordered to comply with NHTSA oversight...

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