Honda to Pay $70 Million for Keeping Death & Injury Reports Under Wraps
Christopher Nace, Esq.
The government will fine Honda $70 million for its failure to report warranty and customer dissatisfaction claims and over 1,700
complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries between 2003 and 2014.
The automaker allegedly waited three years before disclosing safety problems and complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). In response, the agency has imposed the $70 million fine, which is reportedly the highest Honda has ever faced, and notified the Justice Department.
Congress limits fines to $35 million, but Honda will have to pay double because it was fined twice for separate issues–once for death and injury, the other for warranty claims. The automaker will now reportedly also have to develop procedures for early-warning-reporting requirements, like submitting quarterly reports, and train employees on the matter annually (Wall Street Journal).
Advocates hope that the Justice Department will impose more fines on Honda, arguing that $70 million is not enough to make a multi-billion dollar manufacturer make necessary changes for the public.
If you or a loved one has suffered from injury related to a Honda vehicle, you may have legal options. Reach out to an attorney for more information.