BMW fined $3M for safety recall delays

German automaker failed to meet federal defect requirements.

February 13, 2012   by The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON: German automaker BMW will pay $3 million for delays in reporting safety defects and recalls to the federal regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Examinations of 16 BMW recalls in 2010 found a pattern in which the automaker failed to meet federal requirements that known defects be reported within five days, the safety agency said.

Despite the safety agency’s claim that some recall filings were late, “in every case where a defect was identified by the company a voluntary recall had been conducted,” BMW said.

A summary of NHTSA’s investigation said the agency noticed a “troubling trend” in the automaker’s recall filings since 2010: the company would take an inordinate amount of time to provide the necessary information to federal officials.

In only 6 of 16 recall reports in 2010 was BMW able to say how many vehicles were affected and how many were expected to be recalled, the summary said.

In only five of the reports did the automaker supply the required chronology of events, and all but one of the five were missing dates or other important information, the summary said.

With files from The Canadian Press

Print this page

Related Stories