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Honda Fined $70M for Failure to Report Deaths

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Honda Motor Co. will pay $70 million in fines to the U.S. Government after failing to report more than a thousand deaths and injuries to federal regulators.

Honda Faces Two Civil Penalties and Strict Oversight

USA Today reports the $70 million total is the result of two $35 million civil penalties filed against the automaker.

The first penalty was the direct result of Honda’s failure to report 1,729 death and injury claims to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) between 2003 and 2004. The second fine is the result of Honda’s failure to report certain warranty claims and claims under “Customer Satisfaction Campaigns.”

While the fines are not directly related to recent Takata airbag recalls affecting more than 5.4 million, at least eight of the unreported instances involved the faulty airbags, including one death.

Honda has also agreed to allow increased NHTSA oversight and enhance third-party audits to ensure more accurate reporting.

Honda Continues with Takata Recalls

Honda is moving forward with its recall of vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags which can explode on impact. Several other automakers have issued similar recalls, including BMW, Crysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

So far, five deaths have been linked to the airbag issue, four in the U.S. and one in Malaysia. All five deaths have occurred in Honda vehicles.

Vehicles included in Honda’s Takata airbag recall are:

  • 2002-2003 Acura CL and TL
  • 2003-2006  Acura MDX
  • 2005 Acura RL
  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline


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