GM Fined for Stalling on Ignition-Switch Recall Info

GM CEO Mary Barra Testifies At Senate Consumer Protection Panel Over Recall
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The automaker is getting hit by safety authorities for not responding to questions about ignition-switch defects that led to a massive recall

Federal auto regulators said on Tuesday that General Motors is being fined $7,000 each day for not providing enough information on the ignition-switch recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent General Motors 107 questions in order to determine if the company answered questions about defects promptly, USA Today reports. But according to the NHTSA, GM “did not respond to over a third of the (107) requests.”

The NHTSA is fining GM for the lack of information beginning April 3, bringing the sum to $28,000 so far with an additional $7,000 each day. The NHTSA says it could turn the matter over to the Justice Department as soon as tomorrow.

GM has recalled over 2.5 million cars that may be outfitted with faulty ignition switches that can impede air-bag deployment in accidents. The company first became aware of the problem in 2001 but did not promptly address the flaw. GM says it knows of 13 deaths linked to the faulty ignition switch and is currently subject to a criminal investigation.

[USA Today]

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