BMW will pay $3 million as fine for non-compliance with the National Regulations
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, (BMW) Germany’s largest premium automaker, has been charged of $3 million, as the company has not reported about the safety defects earlier than expected and has failed to comply with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (NHTSA). The company will pay the fine to U.S. federal government.
“It’s critical to the safety of the driving public that defects and recalls are reported in short order,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “NHTSA expects all manufacturers to address automotive safety issues quickly and in a forthright manner.”
According to federal regulations, all of the auto-makers have to report NHTSA within five business days about the safety defects or noncompliance existences and do a recall in a prompt manner.
NHTSA has reported that it had examined 16 recalls – of motorcycles and autos – from 2010 and "found evidence of a number of instances where the automaker failed to report safety defects to the agency in accordance with federal law."
NHTSA said, "As part of today's settlement, BMW of North America, LLC and its parent company Bayerische Motoren Werke AG agreed to make internal changes to its recall decision-making process to ensure timely reporting to consumers and the federal government in the future."