Fines on automakers that fail to recall defective cars would rise almost tenfold in the U.S. to as much as $300 million per violation under a Transportation Department proposal.
The legislative proposal submitted to
"This is something we feel very strongly about," Transportation Secretary
Another recall-related provision of the proposed legislation would give the federal government authority to require removal of the cars when a defect is first discovered, said David Friedman, the acting administrator for NHTSA. A third requires rental car companies to comply with recalls.