The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has fined General Motors a record $35 (€25.5 / £20.8) million for their botched ignition switch recall.
As part of the agreement, GM signed a consent order which requires them to provide the NHTSA with full access to their internal investigation, to take steps to ensure its employees report safety-related concerns to management and to speed up the process for GM to decide whether to recall vehicles.
In a statement, NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman said "No excuse, process, or organizational structure will be allowed to stand in the way of any company meeting their obligation to quickly find and fix safety issues in a vehicle. It's critical to the safety of the driving public that manufacturers promptly report and remedy safety-related defects that have the potential to lead to deaths or injuries on our nation's highways."
Following the announcement, GM CEO Mary Barra stated “We have learned a great deal from this recall. We will now focus on the goal of becoming an industry leader in safety." Her sentiments were echoed by GM's vice president of Global Vehicle Safety, Jeff Boyer, who said “We are working hard to improve our ability to identify and respond to safety issue."
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