General Motors' Safety Oversight Extended for Another Year to Ensure Safety Efforts, Says NHSTA

May 18, 2016 05:41 AM EDT | Marion


General Motors Corporation's safety oversight has been extended for another year as approved by NHSTA. The United States auto safety regulators will need to oversee the company's potential vehicle safety issues.

According to the chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Paul Hemmersbaugh, their agency has decided to extend the order for the final year, now counting to its third year already. The terms of the order remain the same as reported. This agreement was part of a sweeping consent order that was signed about two years ago when the company recalled cars for faulty ignition switches. Hemmersbaugh claimed that their company thought it was highly appropriate to be extended another year. They continue to see the extended oversight a positive outcome for the safety precautions of their vehicles.

This announcement was made public last Tuesday in a letter. The company has agreed to monthly meetings to be coordinated and to the fine of 35 Million US dollars for its delayed response to the ignition switch defect in over 2.6 million vehicles. Under their initial agreement back in 2014, General Motors must provide a written list of all the safety issues under review by investigators and must be submitted every month. An NHTSA representative stated that GM agrees of how helpful and useful the meetings are to address more potential safety defects and provide proper communication. The company is committed to be working closely with the agency, as stated by a representative of General Motors.

According to reports, GM has agreed to recall 317,000 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax vehicles that were issued between the years of 2013 and 2016 equipped with radio and documents by Monday. If the radios fail to provide a warning when the driver leaves the key in after turning off the ignition and waits longer than 10 minutes to open the door, it doesn't comply with the US theft protection rules.

The extended safety oversight could be of help to General Motors to ensure the safety of their vehicle, and time is always necessary in such precaution. The country must ensure the safety first all the time.

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