Investigation finds that IT staff did not understand how the system reported deaths and injuries in Honda cars
Honda has been fined $70 million (£46 million) for failing to report deaths and injuries involving its cars due to errors in its SQL database.
The US authorities found that Honda had failed to report 1,729 deaths and injuries between 2003 and 2014. These figures are required from every carmaker and are crucial to spotting patterns that may suggest defects in certain models – potentially saving lives.
The carmaker will pay two $35 million (£23 million) fines for both a failure to report deaths and injuries as well as warranty claims.
The reporting tool is a computerised case management system called an ‘Early Warning Reporting’ system, based on SQL, the carmaker disclosed in documents filed to US authorities.
Any injury or death involving a Honda car or motorcycle across the world is pooled to this central system using codes – provided the model is similar to one sold in the US.