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NHTSA and Volvo have agreed to a $1.5M fine in a settlement that avoids a suit over Volvo dragging its feet for safety recalls. Volvo denies it was slow.

Read the settlement for yourself here.

Check out paragraph 5.
 

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Takes forever to load, I gave up waiting.
 

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I hope they wait until the last minute to pay. Doesn't sound like a big deal. $1.5M is a drop in the bucket to the US.
 

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Here's another link: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/...O01/Volvo-pay-1-5M-U-S-fine-over-late-recalls

According to it,

Volvo told NHTSA that in May 2010 the automaker had deemed the issue "potentially critical" and had issued a technical service bulletin to dealers in May that was updated in August. But Volvo didn't recall the vehicles until October.
Now the question is, even though they didn't do an official recall until October, were the dealers calling in the customers affected by the TSB to fix the issue prior to that?
 

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Here's another link: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/...O01/Volvo-pay-1-5M-U-S-fine-over-late-recalls

According to it,



Now the question is, even though they didn't do an official recall until October, were the dealers calling in the customers affected by the TSB to fix the issue prior to that?
Well, I'll assume you've owned more than one new car. During the time your cars were under warranty or just out of it -- when presumably, dealers could profit from doing the recall work -- have you ever received a call to come in for a recall?

I suspect not. Service managers are in the dark about TSBs and recalls -- and my experience is they prefer it that way. When it comes to recalls, they just wait for the manufacturer.

Volvo may have told NTHSA it was important, but by not recalling the cars themselves in a timely way, they spread the cost of the recalls over a longer period of time. For VCNA, that has to have been a factor given how tenuous their finances are.

Or (and here's a scary thought), it's Chery transferring their Chinese business attitude about babies' milk, high-speed train safety and a million other doctored or inferior products to Volvo.
 

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Based on the press release at http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2012/Volvo+to+Pay+$1.5+Million+in+Civil+Penalties+for+Delayed+Reporting+of+Recalls+in+2010,+2012 and linked PDF of the recalls at http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nvs/pdf/Volvo-CombinedSummaries.pdf I am unimpressed that this was a real problem.

Two of the recalls were paperwork issues (not having correct inflation pressure in the owners' manual) and one was Garmin's fault (Garmin 760 batteries overheating). The violation is listed as "not reporting within 5 days" but doesn't detail when they were reported. For a fine of that magnitude, I have a feeling notification came with 10 or 20 days rather than 5.
 

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