NHTSA Issues Record Penalty to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 29, 2015 in Class Action Lawsuits
On Monday, July 29, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued record-breaking penalties against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in response to their lack luster effort to fix almost 200,000 pickup trucks and SUVs that were recalled in 2013.
The strict terms of the settlement are an effort to transform FCA's poor response to safety concerns. With an obligation to protect consumers who purchase its vehicles, automakers should be held accountable for failures that result in injuries to consumers.
The safety regulator imposed $105 million in civil penalties against the automaker, is requiring the manufacturer issue the largest buyback of vehicles in history and that it accept three years of close oversight.
The penalties stem from 23 separate recalls that included more than 11 million vehicles in 2013. The recalls applied to mostly Ram trucks and Dodge SUVs that were made between 2008 and 2012.
Due to the company's slow efforts to fix the recalled vehicles, the NHTSA initially wanted the automaker to offer to buy back all of the defective vehicles. However, more than 280,000 vehicles were already fixed, so FCA will only need to offer to buy back the remaining vehicles.
The automaker is offering to repurchase trucks and SUVs that have not been fixed for an amount equal to the original purchase amount minus depreciation, plus an additional ten percent.
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