News

GM fined maximum $35M for ignition switch recalls

GM fined maximum $35M for ignition switch recalls

RECALLED:GM has been fined $35 million for its handling of recalls. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government fines General Motors maximum $35 million for ignition switch recall delays.

The announcement came as part of the investigation into General Motors’ handling of recalled vehicles because of defective ignition switches, the Department of Transportation said in a statement.

The department, along with other U.S. agencies is investigating the timing of the automaker’s recall over the faulty switches, which have been linked to at least 13 deaths.

GM engineers first discovered the defect in 2001, and the company has been criticized for failing to detect the faulty part and for not recalling the vehicles earlier.

Congress, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and several states are conducting their own investigations, and GM has an internal probe that is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

The announcement Friday comes one day after GM announced a another five recalls covering nearly 3 million vehicles worldwide because of tail lamp malfunctions and potential faulty brakes.

Recent Headlines

in Music

CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top country tracks

joenichols

LISTEN: This week's top country songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

Want to smell like Tara Reid? No? Well now you can anyway

tarareid

Because everyone wants to smell like a B-list star battling sharks in an low-budget sci-fi film, there's "Shark by Tara."

in Lifestyle

In San Fran, a million won’t buy you much

house

In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, $1 million will barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home.

in Music, Viral Videos

WATCH: Bret Michaels covers ‘Endless Love,’ serenades van

bret

The Poison frontman remakes the Lionel Richie classic, while rocking out at Nissan's car testing facility.

in Entertainment

‘Sharknado 2′ sparks feeding frenzy on Twitter, sets record

sharknado

Flying sharks chomping through NYC drew a record audience for Syfy network and became the most tweeted-about TV movie in history.