By Julian Hattem - 09/26/13 05:08 PM EDT
More than 25 million cars sold in the United States were affected by the conspiracies, department officials said, some of which lasted for more than a decade.
Thursday’s action is part of a larger effort at the Justice Department to crack down on price rigging of automobile parts. Including the new charges, a total of 20 companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay more than $1.6 billion in fines.
“We have seen a pattern during the course of this investigation. The detection of one auto part conspiracy has led to the discovery of other conspiracies involving a new set of products, a new group of conspirators and a new list of victims,” said Scott Hammond, assistant attorney general for the department’s Antitrust Criminal Enforcement program, according to prepared remarks.