Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Faulty Ignition Switches – Federal Criminal Investigation Settlement

General Motors agreed to pay the United States $900 million to settle a criminal investigation into a defective ignition switch in some of its vehicles that caused the air bag to not deploy in a crash. The government agreed to defer prosecution for three years on charges of wire fraud and engaging in a scheme to conceal a deadly safety defect from federal regulators, on the condition that GM pays the penalty, hires an independent corporate monitor, and continues to accept responsibility for its conduct. GM admitted that, from the spring of 2012 through February 2014, it failed to disclose the defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and falsely represented to consumers that vehicles containing the defect presented no safety problem.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Deferred Prosecution Agreement
Date of Deferred Prosecution Agreement
Contractors Involved Penalty
General Motors Corp. $900,000,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 9/17/2015
GM Press Release 9/17/2015
Deferred Prosecution Agreement 9/16/2015

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database