Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants Congress to hike maximum fines to $300 million for automakers who fail to recall vehicles in a timely fashion.
The current limit is $35 million.
In the Obama administration’s transportation reauthorization proposal, Foxx also wants to force rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles before they are rented again.
Foxx told reporters on a conference call that the fines on automakers — which were doubled from $17.5 million to $35 million in 2012 — need to be “more than a rounding error” to ensure compliance. Under the law, automakers have five days to recall vehicles after determining they pose an unreasonable risk to driver safety. The department “wants to make sure there’s an ability to make it count and ensure that there’s enough of an effect across the industry,” Foxx said.Read Article