Daimler to Pay $30M Penalty to End Delayed Truck Safety Recall Probe – Insurance Journal

Daimler AG’s North American truck unit on Thursday agreed to a $30 million U.S. civil penalty to resolve an investigation of delayed recalls, the second time since late 2019 the German automaker has agreed to settle a probe by U.S. auto safety regulators.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Daimler Trucks North America failed to recall vehicles in a timely fashion and comply with reporting requirements after the agency opened a probe in April 2018 of about 464,000 vehicles.

As part of the settlement, Daimler Trucks agreed to develop and implement an advanced data analytics program to enhance its ability to detect and to investigate potential safety defects as part of a two-year consent order that can be extended by NHTSA for one additional year.

Daimler Trucks must pay $10 million upfront and spend an additional $5 million on projects to enhance safety. The agreement includes a $15 million deferred penalty that can become payable if Daimler does not comply with the consent order.

Daimler Trucks said it is focused on “building safe, efficient and reliable commercial vehicles…. In this case, though there are no known accidents or injuries associated with any of the voluntary recalls.

“We appreciate the opportunity to summarily resolve this matter,”