GM Hit With Record (but Tiny) Fine in Ignition Case
Company agrees to pay $35M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 16, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
An auto worker inspects finished SUVs coming off the assembly line at the General Motors auto plant in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – The US government is fining General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches. The government also says that GM will report safety issues faster in the future. The fine is the maximum allowed by law and a record at that, the Detroit News reports, but it's only a fraction (a hair under 1%) of the $3.8 billion GM made last year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also ordered GM to implement "significant and wide-ranging internal changes to its review of safety-related issues."

The government boasted that the fine "puts all manufacturers on notice that they will be held accountable" if they fail to report defects—as GM allegedly did for at least a decade. Automakers are required to report safety defects within five days of discovering them. GM's stock rose slightly on the announcement, Bloomberg reports. The fine is the highest ever because the max fine has increased since Toyota and Ford were each fined $17.4 million in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Regulators have asked Congress to drastically increase the cap to $300 million.

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JERZJOE
May 17, 2014 7:15 AM CDT
THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE WORKFORCE!! fine us BIG $$$$$!!! WE LAYOFF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF OUR WORKERS!! IT WAS A TRADE-OFF!! PERIOD!!
Jon Q. Publix
May 17, 2014 5:56 AM CDT
Toyota paid $1.2 billion. GM paid $35 million. You do the math. I'll never buy a car from Government Motors.
Pragmatist
May 16, 2014 11:16 AM CDT
Government Motors deserves harsher treatment... ... perhaps a base of knowledgeable skeptical bail-out paying consumers can do it ... let the market do what it will this time to this loser company