General Motors will pay a $35 million fine to the federal government for failing to report the ignition switch safety defect in a timely manner. Not only was it not timely, but it took a decade to come to light. Congressman Fred Upton has issued a statement saying there is "no margin for error" with vehicle safety. He called GM's admission that the automaker didn't follow the law an "important milestone," but notes the investigation by Congress is far from over. Upton spearheaded the writing of the TREAD Act more than a decade ago after Ford and Firestone had issues with tire safety that put criminal fines into the law. He called the record fine assessed to GM a strong message that safety is of the utmost importance.
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