Just before the holiday weekend on Thursday of last week, Fiat Chrysler
was brought before the court for failing to comply with federal laws in
23 separate recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agency stated that Fiat Chrysler acted negligently in its communication
with consumers during and after numerous recalls over the last few years.
Although the agency’s chief, Mark Rosekind, did not testify at the
hearing, it has been made clear that the NHTSA will seek large penalties
from the company. This course of action marks a new trend in the area
of auto defect action by the NHTSA, which has been criticized in the recent
past for not imposing harsher penalties on recall issues by
Takata and other automakers.
As of now, Fiat Chrysler has been accused of failing to promptly notify
vehicle owners of recalls, delaying the repairs of defective models and
neglecting to notify regulators of changes in recall schedules. The claims
made date back to 2013 and affect a wide range of vehicles and auto parts.
The result of these recall issues have ranged from minor injuries to death.
So far, numerous consumers have come forward to explain the recall issues
they have dealt with due to Fiat Chrysler’s negligence. Many of
these recall issues involve new parts placed in Fiat Chrysler vehicles
that still caused problems and did not fix the original auto defects.
Scott Kunselman, the top safety executive of the Fiat Chrysler U.S. branch,
did not deny the claims made against the company. Instead, he stated that
the company has learned from its mistakes and is initiating a new safety
plan for the future. The next course of action between Fiat Chrysler and
the NHTSA may include a consent agreement and/or civil penalties for the
23 recalls. More information about this news story can be found on the
New York Times website.
If you own a Fiat Chrysler vehicle, take the following steps:
NHTSA’s safety website and search your vehicle using its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
to see if your vehicle has any recalled parts.
File a complaint if you have a malfunctioning Fiat Chrysler auto part. This is very important
because it will help the NHTSA gauge how many consumers have been affected
by Fiat Chrysler recalls.
- Keep up to date with the news about the Fiat Chrysler recalls and pending
It is important to note that the Fiat Chrysler investigation is in the
beginning stages. If you or a family member has been seriously injured
in a car accident involving a Fiat Chrysler vehicle and you believe that
the accident occurred due to a defective part, contact our Detroit personal
injury lawyers to discuss your case and get the expert help you need.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker P.C., our attorneys specialize in helping
victims injured in product defects. Visit our
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