Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to increase the maximum fine for automakers who fail to recall vehicles in a timely fashion from the current $35 million fine to a much more painful $300 million fine. The increase is part of a new transportation reauthorization bill whose primary focus is to fund maintenance for highways, bridges, and other infrastructures.
On a conference call with reporters, Foxx said the fines on automakers need to be “more than a rounding error” to act as a deterrent.
The department “wants to make sure there’s an ability to make it count and ensure that there’s enough of an effect across the industry,” Foxx said.
The bill also includes giving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the power to require auto manufacturers to remove automobiles from being sold if a defect is discovered. It would also force rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles before they are rented again.
Source: The Detroit News