Mercedes-Benz recall failures have cost the automaker $20 million to settle federal allegations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to the government, Mercedes signed the settlement agreement admitting mistakes were made during the recalls of 1.4 million vehicles.
NHTSA opened an investigation in October 2018 alleging Mercedes failed to follow regulations concerning recalls ordered in 2017. Safety regulators alleged the automaker didn’t inform customers about safety recalls within the 60-day period mandated by law.
The government also alleged Mercedes committed other sins by failing to mail recall notices to owners in the required time periods and by failing to file proper quarterly recall reports.