Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has acknowledged violations of federal requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. It will be subject to federal oversight, buy back some defective vehicles from owners, and pay a $105 million penalty, the largest ever imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The enforcement action comes after a July 2 public hearing at which NHTSA outlined problems with how Fiat Chrysler carried out 23 vehicle safety recalls covering more than 11 million defective vehicles. Fiat Chrysler has since admitted to violating federal law in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers, and notifications to NHTSA.
“Today’s action holds Fiat Chrysler accountable for its past failures, pushes them to get unsafe vehicles repaired or off the roads, and takes concrete steps to keep Americans safer going forward,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Sunday.