U.S. fines Seattle 'duck boat' manufacturer in fatal crash

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 06, 2016 1:15 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday the company that built a Seattle amphibious "duck boat" involved in a deadly 2015 collision between the vehicle and a charter bus that killed five international students has agreed to pay a fine of up to $1 million.

Ride the Ducks International LLC also admitted it failed to comply with U.S. vehicle manufacturing rules because it had not registered with the government and agreed it will now follow rules governing safety related defects.

The National Transportation Safety Board in November blamed the crash on a front axle failure that resulted that from a manufacturing error.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Alan Crosby)