Mercedes-Benz USA vehicle recall sees auto company agree to $20M settlement

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz USA settlement is set to be made public on Wednesday

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz USA has agreed to a $20 million civil penalty over its handling of U.S. vehicle recalls, according to a government document seen by Reuters.

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Under the terms of the settlement, the German automaker will pay $13 million and faces another $7 million fine if it does not comply with the agreement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Daimler failed to notify owners in a timely fashion in some recalls, did not submit all reports and did not launch at least two recalls in a timely fashion.

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The settlement is set to be made public later on Wednesday. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)  REUTERS

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