Volvo Fined 1.5 Million Dollars – Car Pro News

For a brand that’s best known for its safety prowess, Volvo’s big government fine has got to sting, but at least its $1.5 million in civil penalties concerns a reporting violation, not safety shortcomings themselves.
Volvo North America is paying the civil penalties after federal regulators say the automaker failed to report safety defects in five days, as required by law.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced that Volvo Cars North America agreed to make the payment.
In January 2011, NHTSA opened an investigation into where Volvo had adequately notified the agency about concerns regarding the improper or non-deployment of driver’s side air bags in 35,000 2010 Volvos. Eventually, the investigation would involve a review of six recalls in 2010 and another this year, uncovering “evidence that Volvo failed to report safety defects and noncompliances with the agency in accordance with federal law,” NHTSA said.
As part of the settlement, Volvo will change its recall decision-making process and ensure timely reporting to consumers and the federal government.


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