NHTSA Awards First Ever Whistleblower Award

Published on: November 10th, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in a press release that it is awarding $24 million to a whistleblower who brought information under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act regarding design flaws found in Hyundai and Kia vehicles.  The award is the first of its kind under the NHTSA whistleblower program, which was passed by Congress in 2015.  Under the program, the Department of Transportations (DOT) awards whistleblowers who come forward with information regarding violations of the Vehicle Safety Act and accompanying regulations.  The program authorizes the DOT to award the whistleblower up to 30% of the financial penalties resulting from the statutory and regulatory violations.  For more information about the NHTSA whistleblower program, please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/laws-regulations/whistleblower-program.

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