NHTSA: BMW fined $3M for untimely 2010 recalls

Federal safety regulators fine BMW $3 million for untimely reporting of safety defects in 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal safety regulators say automaker BMW has agreed to pay $3 million for delays in reporting safety defects and recalls to the government.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that an examination of 16 recalls issued by BMW of North America LLC in 2010 found evidence of a number of instances in which the automaker failed to report safety defects and recalls to the agency in accordance with federal law. Automakers are required to report known defects within five days.

As part of the settlement, BMW and its parent company, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, agreed to make internal changes to its recall process.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a statement that the agency expects all manufacturers to address automotive safety issues "quickly and in a forthright manner."

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