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Volvo Has To Pay $1.5 Million in Civil Penalties

Last week, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) announced that Volvo Cars North America, LLC agreed to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties for failing to report safety defects and noncompliances to the government in a timely manner.

Federal law requires that auto manufacturers notify NHTSA within 5 business days after verifying a safety defect or if the manufacturer is not in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards. Auto manufacturers then must promptly issue a recall for the defects.

In 2011, the NHTSA began investigating Volvo to determine if the manufacturer was in compliance with the law. The investigation looked at Volvo’s six recalls in 2010 and a recall in 2012 and found that Volvo failed to report defects in accordance with federal law. One stipulation of the settlement was that Volvo must change its recall process to ensure that safety information is reported in a timely manner to consumers and the federal government.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, you may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit. Contact the defective product attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options.

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