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Federal Safety Agency Won’t Force GM to Park Cars

Foxx tells Senators action isn’t necessary.

by on May.08, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told two U.S. Senators that his department would not force GM to issue a park-it-now order for 2.6 million recalled vehicles.

Despite the persistent efforts of two U.S. Senators, the federal government will not force General Motors to issue a “park-it-now” order for the 2.6 million small cars subject to recall for faulty ignition switches.

“Such an action is not necessary at this time,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in letters to Senators Edward Markey (D., Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.). The two had asked last month for that warning.

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It marked the second time in two months that GM has dodged an order to park the vehicles immediately. A federal judge in Texas denied a request in April for an emergency order that GM tell owners to quit driving the cars, saying that only the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had the power to issue such a mandate. (more…)

Failure to Recall May Cost Makers $300 Million

Feds propose raising top-end find nearly tenfold.

by on Apr.30, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to raise the maximum fine against automakers failing to meet recall rules to $300 million.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants automakers to know his department means business with his latest proposal that would raise the maximum fine for not recalling a vehicle in a timely manner nearly tenfold.

As part of the administration’s transportation reauthorization proposal, Foxx proposed making the top fine $300 million, up from the current cap of $35 million. The department doubled the previous high in 2012 raising it from $17.5 million to current figure of $35 million.

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Foxx believes the current top fine isn’t enough of a deterrent for automakers to not obey the rule requiring companies to issue a recall within five days of determining the vehicles pose a safety risk to drivers. (more…)