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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Faulty Ignition Switches – Department of Transportation Settlement

General Motors paid a $35 million civil penalty arising from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) finding that GM failed to timely report a safety defect to the federal government. The defect resulted in the non-deployment of airbags in certain GM vehicle models. In February 2014, GM announced the recall of certain models due to a defect that caused the vehicle’s ignition switch to move out of the “run” position, causing the air bag to not deploy in a crash. GM admitted that it did not notify NHTSA within five business days of discovering the defect and promptly conduct a recall. After review and consultation by NHTSA, GM twice expanded the recall to include a total of 2.2 million vehicles in the United States. The recall covers the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Transportation
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
5/16/2014
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
General Motors Corp. $35,000,000
Further Information Released
Consent Order 5/16/2014
DOT Press Release 5/16/2014

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database