U.S. senator Claire McCaskill is promoting a bill that includes lifetime imprisonment for auto executives who ignored recalls that led to deaths.

McCaskill who was in charge of the hearings concerning GM's recalls linked to the death of at least 13 people has introduced last Friday the "Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Enhancement Act” which contains numerous modifications about auto safety. According to this bill, prosecutors have "greater discretion to bring criminal prosecutions for auto safety violations and increases the possible penalties, including up to life in prison for violations that result in death."

In addition, the bill would eliminate the current 35M USD maximum fine for automakers delaying recalls and would also increase the maximum per-car fine from 5,000 USD to 25,000 USD. Moreover, auto executives could face up to 15 years in prison in case of accidents which lead to serious injuries caused by delayed recalls.

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