Autoliv settles with the U.S. Department of Justice
(Stockholm, June 6, 2012) --- The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a plea agreement with Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIV SDB) on financial terms consistent with the Company’s related accrual disclosed in the first quarter of 2012. This effectively ends Autoliv’s role as a subject of the matters investigated.
Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to court approval, the Company will plead guilty to two counts of antitrust law violations involving a Japanese subsidiary and pay a fine of $14.5 million. The DOJ will not otherwise prosecute Autoliv or any of its subsidiaries or present or former directors, officers or employees for the matters investigated. Three employees in the sales organization are excluded from the non-prosecution provision of the agreement, but no decision has been communicated by the DOJ regarding these employees. The Company will continue to cooperate with the DOJ in its investigations of other auto-parts suppliers.
“It is simply unacceptable that we have ended up in this situation in the first place. It goes against everything we stand for,” said Jan Carlson, President and CEO. “Therefore, we have cooperated extensively with the DOJ to investigate and rectify the matter as quickly as possible and, as a result, we have reached an early resolution of our part of this industry-wide investigation.”
This settlement does not include the ongoing investigation by the European Commission (EC), the European antitrust authority. While the duration or ultimate outcome of the EC investigation cannot be predicted or estimated, it is probable that the Company’s operating results and cash flows will be materially adversely impacted for the reporting periods in which the EC investigation is resolved or becomes estimable.
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Autoliv, Inc., the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. Together with its joint ventures, Autoliv has more than 80 facilities with nearly 50,000 employees in 29 countries. In addition, the Company has ten technical centers in nine countries around the world, with 21 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2011 grew by 15% to US $8.2 billion. The Company's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm (ALIV sdb). For more information about Autoliv, please visit our company website at www.autoliv.com.
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