Honda has received a record fine. The famous car maker has actually been fined with no less than $70 million. Apparently, the reason for this is the fact that the famous company has underreported certain auto problems.
It seems that the news is linked to a report that dates back to November. Then, it had been revealed that Honda failed to report more than 1,700 death and injury claims to the regulators in the United States. This made the company face a huge fine, of $35 million. This actually is the maximum amount of money that can be imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for such cases.
However, now it seems that it wasn’t enough. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to fine Honda twice that sum. This means that the popular car maker has been fined with $70 million. How was the NHTSA able to apply such a fine? The agency provided the explanation in a statement.
“The first civil penalty is a result of Honda’s failure to report 1,729 death and injury claims to NHTSA between 2003 and 2014. The second civil penalty is due to the manufacturer’s failure to report certain warranty claims and claims under customer satisfaction campaigns throughout the same time period,” NHTSA claimed.
Moreover, the agency added that Honda will have to develop a comprehensive, written policy for complying with US laws and conducting trainings for employees. Furthermore, Honda also has to provide the administration a series of details regarding the incidents it failed to report.
It surely seems that the NHTSA has become more aggressive when it comes to the penalties imposed to those who fail to respect the law. Actually, only in 2014, the agency has issued fines of more than $125 million. Some of the automakers who had to pay a fine last year are GM, Hyundai and Ferrari. GM was ordered to pay $35 million fine for failing to react in the proper time linked to the ignition switches issue.
Maybe these huge fines will make automakers more careful in tracing and reporting the issues that have affected the vehicles they produce.