November 24, 2014
Statement of Clarence Ditlow on Honda Tread Act Violations
For eleven years, Honda massively violated the Tread Act by failing to report 1,729 death and injury claims. Honda hid more claims than the 1,144 claims it reported from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2014. NHTSA should impose the maximum $35 million penalty under the Safety Act and refer the case to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution to determine if the concealment was deliberate. It strains credulity that a sophisticated company like Honda could make so many data entry errors, coding errors and narrow interpretations of what is a written claim like the lawsuit complaint in the death of Ashley Parham in Oklahoma on May 27, 2009.
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