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BMW Hit With $3 Mil Fine for Safety Delays

Feds say German maker dawdled on recall.

by on Feb.13, 2012

BMW delayed recalls on several models, including the 5-Series, NHTSA said.

Dawdling on safety will cost BMW $3 million.

The maker has agreed to pay that money in fines levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which charged the German maker with failing to report safety defects and related information in a timely manner as required by federal law.  The settlement avoided any formal finding of wrongdoing.

The settlement concludes an investigation opened two years ago looking into alleged non-compliance with U.S. safety standards – which require that automakers notify the NHTSA within five days of learning about a safety defect or related problems.

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But after examining 16 separate recalls in 2010 NHTSA discovered numerous instances where BMW fell short, the agency’s Recall Management Division determining that, “BMW appears to maintain a practice, by design or habit, in which it provides little information” to the government despite the requirement.

The most serious issue involved BMW 5 and 6-Series cars from 2004-2010 and 7-Series models from 2002-2008.


BMW Recalling Nearly 250,000 Cars, Crossovers

Maker responding to taillight, diesel problems.

by on Sep.01, 2011

BMW recalls the X5 diesel.

BMW is recalling nearly a quarter-million vehicles due to a pair of potential safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced, making it one of the biggest safety-related recalls by the German maker.

The most significant problem involves 3-Series models built between 2001 and 2005 that could experience failures of the tail lights, rear brake and turn signal indicator lamps.  The problem appears to be due to corrosion on electrical contacts.

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Meanwhile, BMW is also recalling more than 2,000 X5 diesel models due to problems with a fuel filter heater that could cause a fire.

The faulty lamp problem impacts 241,000 3-Series vehicles sold in the 2002 to 2005 model-year.  Certain models designated 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi are involved.  The potential defect could make it difficult for other motorists to see the vehicle or determine when the vehicle is changing lanes or stopping.