(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Boeing Co. $2.75 for its failure to uphold its quality control system to FAA standards.
The civil penalty was prompted by Boeing’s discovery in September 2008 that it had been installing nonconforming fasteners on its model 777 airplanes. The FAA sent Boeing a letter of investigation a month later and requested a response within 20 working days. Two years later, the FAA said that Boeing had still failed to address the problem.
“Manufacturers must make it a priority to identify and correct quality problems in a timely manner,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
Boeing has since stopped using nonconforming fasteners, but the FAA says there are still problems with their manufacturing system and the way they address problems.
“Safety is our top priority and a robust quality control system is a vital part of maintaining the world’s safest air transportation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Airplane manufacturers must take prompt and thorough steps to correct safety and compliance problems once they become aware of them.”
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