Did nobody actually read the story?? (I guess a couple did)
Its fines for not complying with the "early warning reporting" obligations repeatedly.
If i remember correctly toyota had to pay millions to Nhtsa for recall and similar, late safety reports.
This is all administation type regulations that are required to be given to the nhtsa just like trucking company's have to keep and report paperwork to dot.
I doubt This has anything to do with actual events, but you have to turn your paperwork in on time.......or pay the fines.
2nd paragraph in this screen shot of the article spells it out.