The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will extend its recall oversight over General Motors through May 2017, Reuters reports. The supervision allows the government regulator to monitor the General’s process for deciding whether to launch safety campaigns.
NHTSA’s oversight was part of its 2014 settlement with GM over delaying the ignition switch recall. The automaker agreed to hold monthly meetings with the regulator, and it has been providing the government with a list of possible upcoming safety campaigns. The company also paid NHTSA a $35 million fine. This is the final time the agency can renew its supervision over GM.
The ignition switch scandal forced GM to recall millions of vehicles to replace the faulty parts. If jostled, the switches were able to suddenly shut off a car, which also deactivated systems like the airbags. The automaker eventually launched a compensation fund to pay back people hurt in accidents that the components caused. It offered restitution for 399 cases, including 124 deaths.
The price of the scandal has continued to add up. In 2015, the company had to pay $900 million to the U.S. government to defer prosecution. There are also lawsuits still working their way through the courts. Even if the General wins the cases, the legal costs are likely astronomical.