Ferrari 458 SpecialeFerrari has been fined $3 5 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US for failing to report complaints, defects and three deaths to regulators.

The firm hasn’t submitted ‘early warning reports’ since 2011, despite regulations requiring it to do so.

Prior to 2011, the firm was a low volume producer so didn’t need to file the quarterly reports. But changes in Ferrari’s ownership following the merger of Fiat and Chrysler meant it was obliged to start submitting the reports, which list customer complaints and alleged defects.

Ferrari appears to have overlooked this.

The firm has admitted its mistake and, in a statement, said it has “already begun implementation of new procedures to ensure full compliance in the future”.

Ferrari has now retrospectively submitted all the reports to the NHTSA; full details have not been revealed but the NHTSA did reveal Ferrari failed to report three fatal incidents in its cars.

The NHTSA is, it seems, unimpressed with Ferrari’s actions: “There is no excuse for failing to follow laws created to keep drivers safe,” said US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx.

“Our aggressive enforcement action today underscores the point that all automakers will be held accountable if they fail to do their part in our mission to keep Americans safe on the road.”

“The information included in early warning reports is an essential tool in tracking down dangerous defects in vehicles,” added NHTSA deputy administrator David Friedman.

“Early warning reports are like NHTSA’s radar, helping us to find unsafe vehicles and make sure they are fixed. Companies that violate the law and fail to comply will be subject to comparable swift NHTSA enforcement action.”