Venable partner David Strickland
was quoted in a February 27 Bloomberg
article and February 26 Automotive News
article on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) investigation into why it took years for General Motors (GM) to issue a recall of 1.6 million cars over an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths. If the agency discovers GM did not issue a recall when it first learned of the defect, it could fine the automaker a record $35 million.
Discussing the investigation process, Strickland, who served as NHTSA administrator before joining Venable, said, “The agency considers the frequency of the incidents, the number of cars covered by the recall and the severity of injuries in determining how much to penalize a manufacturer.” Added Strickland, “They look at the egregiousness of the facts, whether a manufacturer knew or should have known.”