The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined Fiat Chrysler a total of $175 million for under reporting crash, injury and death data related to its products, The Detroit Free Press reports.
The automaker was originally fined $105 million by the NHTSA in July for handling the recalls of over 11 million vehicles poorly. Now, an additional $70 million in fines has been laid upon it, bringing the total it owes to $175 million.
Under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act, or TREAD, automotive manufacturers are required to submit info to the NHTSA regarding crashes, injuries, deaths, lawsuits and other data. The fine against Fiat Chrysler is the second of its type given in recent times, with Honda being fined $70 million earlier this year for failing to report 1,700 reports of deaths and injuries in its cars.
“NHTSA’s enforcement actions in recent months have been designed not only to penalize previous actions, but to increase safety going forward,” saidNHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind. “FCA has expressed a desire to use this situation as a stepping stone to a stronger, more proactive safety posture, and NHTSA is ready to work with FCA and the industry as a whole to improve safety.”
In addition to the fines, NHTSA has also ordered Fiat Chrysler to buy back 200,000 Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs through a buy back program. The trucks and SUVs are prone to axle problems and may also experience power steering loss while in motion. The buy back program, the largest ever imposed on Fiat Chrysler, could cost the automaker more than $1 billion.