Swedish carmaker Volvo was recently fined $1.5 million by the U.S. Government for failing to report a series of safety defects.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that Volvo failed to report the defects within five days of determining that the cars had a safety issue.
The NHTSA said in a statement:
“It’s critical to the safety of everyone on our roadways that automakers promptly report safety defects — and take immediate action to resolve the issue… NHTSA expects all manufacturers to obey the law and address automotive safety concerns without delay.”
Volvo was fined $1.5 million by the NHTSA. According to the NY Times, the fine involved seven Volvo recalls from 2010 to 2012 and about 32,000 vehicles. The defects included incorrect tire-pressure labeling, faulty air bags, and engines that could possibly stall.
The company accepted the fine but denied any wrongdoing. Volvo said that has taken steps to improve its reporting process.
Laura DiStefano, a U.S.-based spokeswoman for Volvo, told Bloomberg:
“After several conversations with NHTSA about its reporting rules, Volvo Car Corp. has taken steps to improve the review process and analysis of potential quality and safety issues with our vehicles. We are in agreement with NHTSA’s objective to communicate with the agency and consumers in a timely manner… It’s important to note that, in each of the subject cases, a voluntary recall had been conducted and no injuries, fatalities or property damage claims were reported.”