By Daniel Hunter

Japanese car manufacturer Honda has been fined a record $70m (£46.4m) by US authorities for failing to report deaths and injuries.

In November Honda admitted to not reporting more than 1,700 deaths or injuries between 2003 and 2014.

It is the single largest ever fine against a car manufacturer by US authorities.

The $70m was split into two separate fines of $35m - one for failing to report the deaths and injuries, and another for failing to respond to customer warranty claims. $35m is the maximum amount that can be fined by US law.

"Honda and all of the automakers have a safety responsibility they must live up to - no excuses," said US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.

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