The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been fining General Motors $7000 a day since April 4 until they receive documents related to the investigation of the 2.6 million recall of cars linked to 13 deaths. A Transportation Department spokeswoman said the fines ended June 5 when GM turned over a 315-page internal report from hired consultant Anton Valukas.
“We have what we asked for,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told The Detroit News. “The (GM) report is consistent with what we said a few weeks ago, which is there are some culture issues.” He said the ignition switch problems were “entirely preventable.” He also added, “[Barra has] been handed a tough hand but she seems to be focused on getting things set to right and we’ll just continue to work with her.”
General Motors will pay more than $420,000 in fines to the NHTSA for not answering 107 detailed questions about its recall by the April 3 deadline. That is on top of the $35 million fine that GM agreed to pay last month for delaying the defective ignition switch recall for a decade.
The $35 million fine must be paid by General Motors by Friday. The $420,000 fine is due by July 4. GM spokesman Greg Martin said yesterday the automaker will “pay under the terms of the consent order.”
General Motors CEO Mary Barra has fired 15 and disciplined five more since the report was released.