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Honda Failed to Report 1,700 Injury and Death Claims

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Honda Motor Co. has admitted Monday to violating federal law by failing to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims concerning its vehicles to federal regulators.

Honda Reported Less than Half the Claims it Received Since 2003

The Houston Chronicle reports that Honda has filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which detail lapses and omissions made by the automaker when reporting the number of injury and death claims it received in connection with faulty airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation and other defective parts.

Data suggests that Honda only reported 1,144 of the 2,873 injury and death claims it received between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2014, leaving more than half of the claims unreported.

Honda alleges the failed reporting was caused by inadvertent data entry and computer programming errors. Additionally, they stated they had misinterpreted new regulations passed in 2000 as part of the TREAD act – these regulations required faster reported of deaths, injuries, and safety defects by automakers.

Honda went on to acknowledge that it had become aware of the omission issue in 2011. Reports do not suggest a reason for the three years of delayed action that followed.

Honda Faces Hefty Fines for Reporting Failures

The head of the Center for Auto Safety, Clarence Ditlow, is calling on regulators to hold Honda accountable by issuing the maximum fine allowed under law. Ditlow is also calling on the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation.

According to Ditlow, Honda “massively” violated the law when it hid more claims than it reported and said it “strains credulity” that a company like Honda could make so many errors.

NHTSA is allowed by law to fine Honda up to $35 million for their failure to report the defects in a timely manner; however, following General Motors’ ignition switch scandal, NHTSA is looking to increase that amount to $300 million.


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