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FCA US fined again

by Bill Cawthon on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has hit Fiat Chrysler with another $35 million fine, in addition to the $105 million settlement announced in July. This is for failure to report safety data required by a 2000 law, and could carry another $35 million in penalties if the company does not conform to its July agreement.

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In September, FCA US admitted it had failed to failed to supply reports that might have indicated a need for an investigation by the NHTSA, covering deaths and injuries, owner complaints, and warranty claims.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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