The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Fiat Chrysler had under-reported a significant amount of deaths, injuries, and legal claims. The company allegedly discovered “deficiencies” in the way it reports faults.
Under federal law, automobile manufacturers are legally required to report to regulators within five days of the end of each month any claims that their vehicles have been responsible for causing death or serious injury. After a special hearing in July, the NHTSA ordered the company to monitor its safety issues more closely. Fiat Chrysler then announced that there were concerns with how it had reported deaths, injuries, and legal claims in the past. It notified the NHTSA of these issues and promises a thorough investigation.
The number of automobile recalls broke records last year. Part of the reason there were so many recalls last year is due to some automobile companies failing to issue recalls in prior years and pushing them all to 2014 instead. Automobile companies are notorious for hiding problems because of the expense and negative publicity involved in issuing recalls.
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