Detroit, MI: Fiat Chrysler will pay a record $105 million in fines to the US government for violating laws in a series of vehicle safety recalls. Additionally, Fiat Chrysler will have to buy back 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in order to take them off the roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The fines were prompted by Fiat Chrysler' failure to act quickly enough on safety recalls. The fines are the biggest of their kind in US history.
According to media reports, owners of 1.54 million recalled older model jeeps with receive payments from the automaker. The jeeps have gas tanks behind the rear axle and are vulnerable and leak gasoline if damaged during a collision. Customers can bring them to dealers to install trailer hitches to help protect the tanks. FC is not buying back the Jeeps because it maintains those vehicles are as safe as comparable vehicles built at the time.
The NHSTA' actions come less than a month after it held a public hearing into problems with 23 Fiat Chrysler recalls which affect over 11 million cars and trucks. At the hearing, NHTSA cited a long list of serious shortfalls, specifically, failure to notify customers of recalls; delays in making and distributing repair parts; and, in some cases, failing to come up with repairs that fix the problems. Some of the recalls date to 2013.
I have had problems with my Chrysler since I bought it . A few weeks after purchase i had to take it back for engine light going on and steering popping, currently I have a recall card that says problems of airbags with certain models. My car is a Chrysler 300 c. I feel cheated with all the repairs i have had to put into this vehicle, yea they have warranties. but for a short time. Oh yea I have to pay my car loan on time too what a drag pay for something you could not enjoy.
I think the statute of limitations for colorado need to change from two years to at least three or maybe even four for lemon cars.
Posted by Norma Deering
I have had to drive my truck with delay in fixing it worrying if the truck's bag could burst and cut my face.
Delays in repair. Not always notified of recalls I don't trust them .
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