by Christopher Jensen
Volvo, an automaker commonly associated with a reputation for safety, agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine to the federal government to settle claims that it delayed recalling vehicles, according to a news release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
David Strickland, the agency’s administrator, said in the release that the agency “expects all manufacturers to obey the law and address automotive safety concerns without delay.”
In the case of Volvo, N.H.T.S.A. said those delays involved seven recalls covering a total of about 32,000 vehicles in 2010 and 2012.
The problems cited in the recalls included incorrect tire-pressure labeling, air bags that might not deploy properly and engines that could stall, among other flaws. Almost 16,000 of the vehicles were recalled for the more serious air-bag and stalling issues.