The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fined Honda $70 million after the company admitted to violating the TREAD act. The TREAD act is a law from 2000 that requires auto manufacturers to submit quarterly reports about car accidents, deaths, injuries, warranty claims and other problems associated with their vehicles.
Honda also admitted that it had failed to report 1729 deaths and injuries in filings made between 2003 and 2014. Honda blamed errors in their software and "an overly narrow interpretation" of NHTSA policies for its underreporting.
The head of the NHTSA, Dr. Mark Rosekind, said that the fine sent "a very clear message to the entire industry that manufacturers have responsibility for the complete and timely reporting of this critical safety information."
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