Triumph Motorcycles Hit with $2.9M Fine for Failing to Report Motorcycle Safety Issues to NHTSA

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. was recently issued a $2.9 million civil penalty by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for mishandling a September 2014 recall. Affecting at least 1,300 motorcycles, this safety recall reportedly pertained to a “defect that could reduce steering capability and increase the risk of a [motorcycle] crash,” the NHTSA has explained.

Triumph will have to pay a hefty NHTSA fine for mishandling a recall and violating the Safety Act, a St Charles & St Louis Motorcycle Accident Attorney explains. Here’s more on Triumph’s violations.

Triumph will have to pay a hefty NHTSA fine for mishandling a recall and violating the Safety Act, a St Charles & St Louis Motorcycle Accident Attorney explains. Here’s more on Triumph’s violations.

Back in April, the NHTSA initiated an investigation into how Triumph handed this recall and found that company had:

  • Failed to report the above defect in a timely manner to regulators – In fact, automakers and other vehicle manufacturers are required to report possible safety issues with their vehicles to the NHTSA within five days of discovering them (per the Highway Safety Act of 1970).
  • Failed to submit the required quarterly reports on the progress of the recall to federal regulators
  • Failed to submit copies of “technical service bulletins” to federal regulators.

Triumph has admitted to these failures and has been issued a consent order by federal regulators.

Terms of the Consent Order: What Triumph Must Do

As part of the consent order the NHTSA issued Triumph, the company must do the following or face an additional $1 million penalty (and likely other penalties):

  • Hire a third-party consultant to “audit the company’s safety practices”
  • Set up a “compliance” oversight position, with the person who fills this position having direct access to Triumph’s board of directors and top executives
  • Provide the NHTSA with detailed reports regarding what will be done to get into compliance with the Safety Act’s reporting requirements
  • Conduct employee training regarding the new procedures for compliance
  • Pay a $1.4 million cash penalty for the various violations
  • Invest at least $500,000 in meeting the terms of the consent order.

Commenting on this action, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated:

Manufacturers must comply with their reporting obligations. The law requires it, and public safety demands it… When companies fail to meet those obligations, we will hold them accountable.

Expressing similar sentiments, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has stated:

Today’s enforcement action penalizes past violations, and it promotes the proactive safety culture manufacturers must adopt if they are to reduce safety defects and identify them more quickly than they occur.

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