NHTSA reviewing policy on publicizing automakers’ recall fines – 8/22/13

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By David Shepardson

The Detroit News

Washington— The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency is reviewing its policies on publicizing fines that automakers pay for not recalling vehicles in a timely fashion.

NHTSA decided in June not to publicize a large fine imposed on Ford Motor Co. for failing to recall more than 400,000 vehicles in a timely fashion after it had publicized the five previous fines issued to major automakers over recalls since 2010. The fine was posted on a government website but went unnoticed until the Wall Street Journal reported the news more than a month after Ford agreed to pay the fine.

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