FCA Failed To Report More Fatalities
Automotive News reports:
WASHINGTON — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today.
FCA informed NHTSA in late July that an internal investigation revealed that the company had under-reported claims and notices of deaths and injuries to the agency as required by U.S. law, NHTSA said.
FCA began the probe after NHTSA notified the automaker of an “apparent discrepancy” in the Early Warning Reporting data that all automakers submit to the agency on a quarterly basis.
“This represents a significant failure to meet a manufacturer’s safety responsibilities,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a statement. “NHTSA will take appropriate action after gathering additional information on the scope and causes of this failure.”…
But an audit of NHTSA in June found big deficiencies in the system, including inconsistencies in reporting standards among automakers and haphazard reviews of data by agency investigators. Rosekind has pledged to improve the system.
Earlier this year, American Honda was fined $70 million and agreed to stricter additional oversight after admitting in November 2014 that it failed to report to NHTSA more than 1,700 deaths and injuries that may have been linked to potential defects in its cars. See