GM Fined $35 Million By NHTSA

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

GM Fined $35 Million By NHTSA

May 16, 2014 Updated May 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM EDT

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.

What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.

© Copyright 2016, A Quincy Media broadcasting station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.