Honda hit with record fines

Updated: Thursday, January 8 2015, 01:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)- Honda was hit Thursday with a record $70 million in fines for failing to report accidents and other safety issues over 11 years.

Honda failed to report 1,729 accidents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency said it does not yet know how many deaths are tied to these accidents.

The Japanese automaker had already admitted its failure to file the reports, which it attributed to data and computer programing errors. But regulators said those errors did not excuse Honda from reporting the accident data.

Automakers and safety regulators are both supposed to analyze those reports to determine if there is a vehicle flaw that requires a recall.

This might not be the only penalty that Honda faces due to the lack of reporting.

Transportation Department officials Thursday said they have talked to the Justice Department about the results of their probe.

The Center for Auto Safety, a public interest group, has called for the U.S. to bring criminal charges against Honda.

It’s now up to Justice as to whether to pursue a criminal case.

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