On April 28, 2015, the US Senate unanimously passed the proposed Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, S. 304, which provides monetary incentives for automotive industry employees and contractors to expose vehicle defects.  The proposed law will now head to the House of Representatives for approval. 

As reported previously, the proposed legislation authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to pay up to 30 percent to any whistleblower whose information leads to a Department of Transportation or Department of Justice enforcement action that results in monetary sanctions over $1 million.  “Whistleblowers” include employees or contractors of vehicle manufacturers, parts suppliers, or vehicle dealerships who voluntarily provide original information relating to vehicle defects, noncompliance with, or violations of federal reporting laws which are likely to cause death or serious injury.