BMW of North America is recalling 2008-2011 1-Series cars because the front seat belt pretensioner, if it goes off in an accident, could ignite the insulation surrounding it.
BMW told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a terse filing that it would provide more details as they became available.
This is just the latest example of how a newly vigilant National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which slept through numerous reports of Toyota unintended acceleration deaths, is forcing makers to immediately disclose safety defects, sometime long before a fix is available. (See NHTSA Ups Toyota Death Tally) NHTSA fined Toyota a record 16.4 million dollars for its delays in recalling millions of cars because of unintended acceleration. (more…)