WASHINGTON, D.C. (21Alive) -- General Motors was fined a record $35 Million Dollars today by the U.S. Department of Transportation for a failure to report a safety defect.
The defect GM failed to report was a problem in the ignitions of vehicles that caused airbags not to deploy if the vehicle was involved in a crash. For years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating GM's untimely reporting of the safety defect.
“Safety is our top priority, and today’s announcement puts all manufacturers on notice that they will be held accountable if they fail to quickly report and address safety-related defects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx.
Federal safety laws require any defect found to be reported within five business days. In fact, GM has admitted that they knew of the defect for almost a decade before issuing a recall this past February. GM says that at least 13 people died due to the design flaw, but others are estimating over 50 people have died as a result.
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