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The Italian luxury sports car manufacturer has been fined a record $3.5 million by US regulators because of its failure to report customer complaints, injuries and alleged defects fast.

The US safety agency – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – said that among the causes that brought the highest fine ever imposed by the US government to an automaker on the specific issues were three unreported deaths occurring in Ferrari cars. The accidents were a 2009 crash in California of a F430 Spider, a 2006 one in an F430F1, and a 2005 Illinois deaths that involved a 360 Spider. The NHTSA refers to “early warning reports” – mandated by the US government by law to ensure the safety agency can accurately notice and file the frequency and severity of vehicle safety defects and accidents. According to information provided by the US regulator, the Italian company has failed to submit such reports since 2011.

According to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “there is no excuse for failing to follow laws created to keep drivers safe,” and the carmaker had to agree to a program that would train its employees on how to properly abide US reporting rules and also backlog the files for the missing three years (in addition to the fine). Krista Florin, the Maranello, Italy-based company’s director of U.S. communications said the automaker agreed to the charges as it inadvertently missed NHTSA’s reporting rules.

Via Automotive News