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Now Honda Could Be in Trouble With a Crash Scandal Of Its Own

Well, at least GM isn't involved this time.

Now it’s Honda’s turn to be in the unwanted spotlight. Here’s what happened: the Japanese automaker failed to file 1,729 accident reports to the US government over the past decade. All automakers are required to report any injuries and deaths related to their vehicles as part of the TREAD act, which was passed in 2003. Back in September, Honda began an internal audit after suspicions arose regarding it not properly informing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about deaths and injuries in its vehicles.

From the date when the act went into law until June 30 of this year, Honda filed 1,144 reports to the NHTSA. But not reporting some 1,729 claims over that same period is a serious problem, which Honda is blaming on "data-entry mistakes and an overly narrow view of the reporting law." When a company employee discovered the problem back in 2011, Honda didn’t properly investigate. “We acknowledge this problem as our management responsibility,” stated executive vice president of Honda North America, Rick Schostek. The NHTSA is still deciding how to respond and what actions (if any) will be taken against the Japanese carmaker.

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