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Honda admits failing to report 1,729 deaths, injuries to U.S. regulators


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Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.

The Japanese automaker, in statements issued Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take action.

The company said it filed documents detailing the lapses on Monday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which had demanded an explanation on Nov 3. The agency said at the time that Honda may have failed to report incidents related to air bags made by Takata Corp as well as other defective parts. Honda has recalled more than 5 million vehicles in the U.S. since 2008 to fix a potentially fatal defect in air bags made by Japanese auto supplier Takata. The air bag inflators can rupture after a crash and injure occupants with shards of metal.

Honda blamed the lapses on inadvertent data entry and computer programming errors, as well as a misinterpretation of the federal TREAD act, a law passed in 2000 requiring faster reporting of deaths, injuries and safety defects by automakers. Under the law, automakers must report each quarter any claims they receive alleging that defective vehicles or parts caused a death or injury.

But Honda said it did not report 1,729 death and injury claims from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2014. During that 11-year period, the company only reported 1,144 claims, it said in statements. The numbers are the result of an audit conducted by the law firm of Bowman and Brooke that began on Sept 23.
 

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Has any other manufacturer had a similar problem?

"... inadvertent data entry and computer programming errors, as well as a misinterpretation of the federal TREAD act ..."
 
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I read this last night, it is funny how the story isn't being widely picked up. Zero coincidence honda reported this tidbit this week. Major holiday weeks are useful to drop major bombs - everyone is distracted with the holidays.
 

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I read this last night, it is funny how the story isn't being widely picked up. Zero coincidence honda reported this tidbit this week. Major holiday weeks are useful to drop major bombs - everyone is distracted with the holidays.
Hmmm. Where is "Hang GM" Sinator Richard "Serpent-Face" Blumenthal when we really need him?
 

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Meanwhile... Toyota continues to get away with much more than murder while being fully covered and protected by among the many, the State of NY, ( and other States in different ways ) - and the US Federal Government.


You will notice that the Banksters two favorite's competitors are going to go to the wood shed in a way far different than they ( Toyota and Ford ) have or will go.


Serious stuff for Honda no matter the real details - and the real enabler for all ie the fully corrupted, beyond incapable, and fully co - opted NHTSA.

Time to abolish the Agency and DOT for that matter, go get Ms. Joan Claybrook, and let her rebuild whatever comes next.

Given the also beyond foolish push for autonomous driving ( need 20 YEARS of vehicles done fully right before introduction ) , you are going to need something like the air craft - travel - operators have - only more rigorous and without so many flaws.


Including technical standards - which is one of the too numerous to count points where the auto industry is going to fully choke.
 

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Time to abolish the Agency and DOT for that matter, go get Ms. Joan Claybrook, and let her rebuild whatever comes next.
That's throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It isn't the concept of the agency that is bad, it is how virtually all of our federal agencies have been taken over by corporate insiders who plan to return to their corporations when they are done. We need to reform the agencies by increasing pay for senior management so that you don't have the revolving door of corporatists going in and out of the agencies that are supposed to regulate the agencies. And if the pay is high enough you will attract top notch talent, and they would be willing to work under restrictions that limit their ability to re-enter the sectors they regulate and put tighter ethical obligations on them. I know people will say "you just can't throw money at a problem." And I know it won't solve everything. But as things go now, regulators have very little incentive to fully execute the law because they plan to re-enter the private sector and don't want to piss anyone off.
 
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No, we are really thinking pretty much the same thing.

'Whatever comes next' is about a new NHTSA replacement - Agency.

Need to just remove all personal - those that are worth keeping - if any can be reassigned to the new.
 
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The silence by the media on this is deafening. It is stunning how different the coverage is of this, which is an 11 year cover-up vs GM's 11 year cover-up.
 
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