Mercedes Benz to pay $13 million fine for recall reporting flaws

PTI Detroit | Updated on December 19, 2019 Published on December 19, 2019

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Mercedes Benz will pay a $13 million penalty to the United States (US) safety regulators for a string of reporting failures involving recalled vehicles.

The German automobile manufacturer agreed to the payment in a settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Last year the agency opened an investigation into recall reporting lapses by Mercedes involving more than 1.4 million vehicles.

The investigation covered allegations of recall notification letters being sent too slowly to vehicle owners as well as slow reporting of safety problems to the agency.

The settlement also addresses flaws with the operation and functionality of Mercedes’ internet site that lets vehicle owners check for recalls by their vehicle identification numbers, the agency said Wednesday in a statement.

Mercedes agreed to pay the $13 million penalty with another $7 million deferred if certain conditions are met.

The automaker will meet with NHTSA regularly to discuss recall execution and reporting, as well as the recall lookup site, the agency’s statement said.

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Published on December 19, 2019
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