NHTSA Halts $7k Daily Fines Against General Motors

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General Motors doesn't have to pay anymore daily fines after the Detroit manufacturer successfully addressed the agency's recall inquiries. For the reason of failing to meet the April 3rd deadline for answering 107 questions about the ignition switch recall, GM will have to pay $420k in cumulated fines until July 4th.
Mind our discourteousness, but isn't $420,000 too little money if you take into account that 2.6 million vehicles were affected by the shoddy ignition switches? Further more, at least 13 fatally injured and 54 accidents have been officially linked to this fiasco.

Not even the separate $35 million fine for delaying the recall for over a decade doesn't really cover the manufacturer's sins, not by a long shot. Most of us motorists, especially the people affected by GM's disturbing way of doing business, can agree that the folks over at the NHTSA are far too soft on General Motors.

You can't make amends for almost 16 million sub-standard vehicles, tens of fatally injured and hundreds of car accidents by paying a few million bucks and lay off 15 engineers that acted under top management orders.

Henceforth, the American carmaker still has to go through a number of federal investigations, with criminal charges expected to follow shortly from both the United States Department of Justice and Exchange Commission.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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