In a shocking revelation, it was reported that since 2003, Honda Motor Co. has failed to report 1,729 deaths and injuries to NHTSA. The company announced this information on Nov. 24 after it sent the results of a third-party audit to the agency. The audit attributes the under-reporting to “inadvertent” data entry and computer program errors, according to Honda. The report also revealed that Honda delayed notifying the federal agency about discrepancies and errors in the company’s death and injury reporting.
NHTSA had issued a special order on Nov. 3 directing Honda to explain its failure to fully report deaths and injuries related to possible auto safety defects, which is required under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act. A summary of the audit said errors in Honda’s reporting were also attributed to inaccurately interpreting regulations.
Under the TREAD Act, car manufacturers must submit early warning reports including information on each death or injury from possible safety defects to the NHTSA every quarter. The 1,729 unreported injuries and deaths more than double the incidents Honda reported to the agency in the past 11 years, according to the early warning reports filed with the NHTSA.
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