The NHTSA is dropping the hammer on Fiat Chrysler because of their numerous recent recalls on their vehicle. Over 11 million vehicles have been impacted by around 23 recalls in recent times. This has caused the NHTSA to consider fines and penalties - even as far as having Fiat Chrysler buy back some vehicles from consumers. The NHTSA's concern is that Fiat Chrysler failed to follow federal laws that can require they handle recalls and repairs quickly, in a timely manner. Other concerns are that the much needed parts to follow through on a recall have not become available when needed. Or that a satisfactory repair or modification has not been enacted to adequately fix the problem that initiated the recall. NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind had indicated that he possibly could take action with penalties as soon as this month. Some recalls have caused serious issues, such as fuel systems causing fires in rear end collisions (linked to more than 50 deaths), or air bags that activate on their own. Even the very recent  ignition switch problem. The NHTSA believes not all the vehicles have been repaired, and this appears to be their main focus on having hearings and the investigations. Some of the recalls under examination by the NHTSA go back as far as 1993, and cover several Fiat-Chrysler vehicles, including the Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep Liberty, and Dodge Ram Trucks. It should be noted that the FCA has complied with the requests of the NHTSA for information and has been cooperating in the investigations. The senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance for Fiat Chrysler's NA operations, Scott Kunselman,  has acknowledged the company "...could've done better...: , without giving any specifics on the matter. While the focus is on the Chrysler Fiat Group, other automakers have been the focus of recall issues recently by the NHTSA, such as Toyota's unintended acceleration issues, and GMs ignition switch (including a fine of 35 million) which have impacted millions of consumers and vehicles. New vehicles, for whatever reasons, have almost always had recalls, so it's nothing new in that respect. Even back to the 1960's, maybe even further. The issues and concerns here is that the recalls are not being taken care of by the auto manufactures quickly and effectively. After all, if you have a defective air bag, something your life depends on (or it could impale you or kill you), or a fuel related defect that can cause a fire, you don't want to wait 6 months or more to have that recall repaired. No excuse would be acceptable. In such cases where there are sufficient cause and  complaints to the NHTSA, an investigation can be put into motion to help and protect consumers. For more information see: