WASHINGTON – Honda was ordered to pay a record $70 million in fines for not reporting accidents and other safety issues to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 11 years.
According to the NHTSA, Honda did not report 1,729 accidents that caused deaths or serious injuries since 2003. The Japanese automaker attributed the failure to report this data to “computer programming errors.”
“Honda and all of the automakers have a safety responsibility they must live up to – no excuses,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Last year alone, we issued more fines than in NHTSA’s entire history. These fines reflect the tough stance we will take against those who violate the law and fail to do their part in the mission to keep Americans safe on the road.”
On top of the record penalty, Honda was ordered to develop written procedures for reporting compliance. The order also requires Honda to provide information regarding every unreported incident to the NHTSA so the agency can analyze the incidents for safety concerns.