US says GM in violation of its order to answer questions about recall

NHTSA fines General Motors

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday that General Motors had not met an April 3 deadline to respond to the agency's request for information about the automaker's recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches.

In a letter to GM, NHTSA said the automaker had not answered more than a third of the 107 questions the agency asked as part of its investigation into why the automaker waited until February to order a recall when it first learned of the defect more than 10 years ago.

General Motors headquarters, April 1, 2014, Detroit
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NHTSA said GM faces a fine of $7,000 a day, starting from the April 3 deadline, until it fully responds to the questions.

That is the highest daily fine that the group is allowed to levy against an automaker.

Later Tuesday afternoon, GM said it has "fully cooperated" with U.S. safety regulators and noted that the company sent to NHTSA nearly 21,000 documents and more than 271,000 pages related to the recalls.

- By Reuters