Triumph Motorcycles Ltd., Britain’s largest motorcycle maker, has been fined $2.9 million in penalties for failing to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on time about a steering defect behind its recall of more than 1,300 motorcycles last September. In a consent agreement outlining the penalties, Triumph admitted that it failed to notify NHTSA within five days of discovering the defect, as required by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. Triumph, which informed NHTSA about the problem in September 2014, learned of the problem through one of its divisions more than a year earlier, in June 2013, according to NHTSA, which began in April to investigate whether the recall was timely.
The recall impacted more than 1,360 model year 2012 to 2013 Triumph Street Triple R motorcycles, according to the consent order. The penalties include a $1.4 million cash payment and an additional $500,000 in expenses to institute safety improvements, according to a statement by NHTSA. The motorcycle company would also be liable for an additional $1 million – the deferred portion of its penalties – if it violates the terms of its agreement, or flouts the safety act again.
Triumph also admitted as part of the agreement that it had not properly sent early warning reports, which inform NHTSA about problems arising from vehicles, including accidents, customer complaints and death and injuries. Triumph “acknowledged deficiencies in the manner in which it collected and reported early warning data to NHTSA and several instances where Triumph was late in providing quarterly reports on safety recalls.”
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