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