Fiat Chrysler tells US that it missed vi­tal dead­lines in five safety re­calls

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS - BY TOM KR­ISHER

Fiat Chrysler is ad­mit­ting that it missed legal dead­lines to no­tify cus­tomers in five safety re­calls.

The missed dead­lines could bring a fine from the U.S. Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The agency plans to hold a public hear­ing July 2 on the com­pany’s per­for­mance in 20 dif­fer­ent re­calls.

The missed dead­lines were re­vealed in Fiat Chrysler’s re­sponse to ques­tions from the agency be­fore the hear­ing. The re­sponse was re­leased on Thurs­day.

Au­tomak­ers must no­tify cus­tomers within 60 days af­ter tell- ing the gov­ern­ment about a re­call. Four of the five misses were four days or less, but one was 12 days late.

Com­pany spokesman Eric Mayne said own­ers in that case had al­ready been no­ti­fied. The missed dead­lines hap­pened when the com­pany de­cided to change the re­call re­pair.

AP

This March 6, 2012 file photo pro­vided by the law of­fices of But­ler, Wooten & Fry­hofer, LLP shows a burnt-out Jeep Grand Chero­kee at the scene of a crash in Bain­bridge, Ge­or­gia.

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