Monday, February 13, 2012

BMW will pay a $3 million penalty for failing to recall vehicles in a timely fashion


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the German automaker will pay the civil penalties in response to the agency's assertion that the automaker delayed reports of safety defects to the agency.

NHTSA began an investigation of BMW's practices in 2010, looking at 16 recalls that covered more than 300,000 of the company's cars and motorcycles going back in some cases to 2002.

NHTSA began an investigation of BMW's practices in 2010, looking at 16 recalls that covered more than 300,000 of the company's cars and motorcycles going back in some cases to 2002.

NHTSA's investigation led the agency to believe that BMW had not fulfilled its obligation to report a known safety defect within five days, as is required under the law. The fines will be paid into the Treasury Department's General Fund.

To address the issue, BMW is changing its methods for how it provides information to the government and how it deals with recalls.

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