NHTSA drops a $3 million dollar fine on BMW for untimely reporting of recalls

NHTSA drops a $3 million dollar fine on BMW for untimely reporting of recalls

BMW North America has received a $3 million fine from the U.S. safety regulators due to the fact that the company has registered delays concerning the reporting on its recalls and safety defects, without providing the necessary information, with the fine being directed to the Treasury Department's General Fund. The law requires the car manufacturers to send notifications of a safety defect or noncompliance, followed promptly by a recall, to the National Highway traffic Safety Administration in five business days. Back in December 2010, the NHTSA began an investigation on this matter and it examined 16 BMW recalls from last year, concluding that there was a number of instances when BMW did not give reports of a known safety defect within five business days, with some relevant details missing from the fillings. NHTSA informed that BMW appeared to maintain a practice, by habit or design, in which it provided poor information in its initial fillings, as, of the 16 Part 573 reports BMW filled this year, the agency was capable of telling the number of vehicles affected by the defect or noncompliance in only six of them. The agency further commented that in only five recalls reports was BMW able to supply the necessary chronology of main events, with only one of those five chronologies meeting the bare minimum for such a chronology. It also appears that BMW needed more than 30 days to give the required information, including vital information such as population figures. Making internal changes to its recall decision-making process was agreed by BMW North America as part of the settlement. David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator, stated that it was critical to the safety of the driving public that recalls and defects were reported in short order, adding that they expected all car makers to address automotive safety problems quickly and in a corresponding manner.


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