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NHTSA to Monitor GM Safety Decisions for Additional Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/26/2015 Kelly Pleskot
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U.S. safety regulators will continue overseeing how GM handles safety issues a year after placing record fines on the automaker, according to a recent announcement.

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Last May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined GM the maximum amount of $35 million to participate in federal oversight requirements as a result of ignition switch defects. NHTSA found that GM failed to report the safety problem in a timely manner, and so far, at least 104 deaths have been linked to the ignition issue. Now, NHTSA has announced it will continue looking after GM for an additional year.

“GM learned a hard lesson last year. We expect to see the improvements they’ve made continue and that their new approaches are applied to every GM safety issue and every recall. Today’s action will help keep them on the right track,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a recent statement. NHTSA said that the oversight has so far proven to be "a productive and effective tool" to address potential safety problems.

Incidentally, the news comes just as the government is about to announce its findings that GM acted criminally in the ignition switch crisis. The U.S. Department of Justice is said to be currently negotiating a settlement with GM that is expected to exceed the $1.2 billion penalty it dumped on Toyota for its unintended acceleration recalls.

Source: NHTSA

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