Los Angeles Times reported that Honda received a $70 million fine from regulators at the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fine—the maximum allowed
by law—comes after an investigation determined the company failed
to notify consumers and regulators about death and injuries involving
their vehicles in a "timely manner". In the agency's ruling,
half of the money—$35 million—will be dedicated to addressing
Honda's consumer death and injury claims.
At the end of 2014, Honda admitted there were approximately 1,729 instances
of death and injury in an 11-year period that the company failed to report.
Under federal regulations, data associated with these incidents should
have been sent to regulators as what is called an "early warning
report": notifications critical to identifying trends in potentially
dangerous vehicles. It is now believed that Honda's reporting failures
concern Takata Corporation airbags, which have been notoriously documented
to propel shrapnel into passenger cabins during some collisions.
Industrywide Record of Failure
Honda is just one of several automotive companies to receive large fines
in the past year due to safety failures. Some of these include:
- General Motors – fined $35 million for ignition issues
- Hyundai – fined $17.4 million for taking too long to recall vehicles
- Ferrari – fined $3.5 million for failure to report fatal incidents
Unfortunately, car buyers are routinely misled by manufacturers and dealerships
concerning many of these issues. However, California law states consumers
have the opportunity to seek legal recourse in the case of a compliance
failure like Honda's.
At Norman Taylor & Associates, our California lemon law attorneys
help consumers seek refunds or replacements. In our
50 years of collective experience, we have handled
in excess of 10,000 cases and successfully obtained
over $100 million in refunds.
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