BMW is handing over $3 million in fines to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the way it has handled recalls. NHTSA began an investigation of BMW's practices in 2010, looking at 16 recalls that covered more than 300,000 of the company's cars and motorcycles going back in some cases to 2002.
In levying the fine, NHTSA found that "BMW appears to maintain a practice, by design or habit, in which it provides little information in its initial (recall) filings." Of the instances which garnered fines, however, BMW said all but one of them concerned its motorcycles, not its cars. The NHTSA said that BMW would eventually provide the information but only after what the NHTSA termed an "inordinate amount of time."

To address the issue, BMW is changing its methods for how it provides information to the government and how it deals with recalls.


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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      +1 for a 2009 Mini Cooper S owner with many many issues and going on my second major recall found out by myself through car blogs (thank God for them).
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, and 32 million for the NHTSA and no retribution for owners. What justice is that?
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        Owning a BMW is retribution enough, I guess. I KNOW you aren't talking reparations.....
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Germans in general do a great job of pulling the wool over everyone's eyes and brainwashing the public at large that their cars are superior and infallible. I've been saying this for years. My cousin's '05 M3' main engine bearings disintegrated at 13k. Friend's Audi S4 was returned under lemon law after 3 gearboxes in 9 months...My '01 328 was in the shop three times as often as my 'unreliable' Alfa...
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are people still buying their crap? How can BMW charge so much for unreliable cars and poor service, then charge more for sub-par parts and labors? Do BMW engineers design their cars to be disposable at the end of the warranty? Do other car makers look at BMW's record profits and think it is ok to make problematic cars?
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam1keith1980
        Haters gotta hate. My 03 E46 M3 convertible has been far more reliable than either of my Audi V8s.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Being more reliable than an Audi is not saying much at all.
          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          LifeLongCarGuy: The answers to my questions are pretty obvious. BMWs provide an excellent driving experience. They are not that expensive to buy, but they get you when they break. The driving experience is like cocaine, so BMW has no incentive to improve quality. I have purchased a new BMW, loved driving it, but I couldn't justify the cost of keeping it after warranty ended. BMW is to be leased, but I like to own. Thankfully, there are now many cars that provide near-BMW driving experience without the ownership costs.
      Stefan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent! As a long-time BMW owner, I agree that they needed a slap on the wrists.
        Dvanos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stefan
        I concur, BMW is just too secretive about its issues that lead to recalls for example the hpfp issue. BMW didn't come clean until it was all over the news.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      "BMW said all but one of them concerned its motorcycles, not its cars." That's laughable.
      Jennie
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to issue a recall for the e46 models with reverse issues. Not knowing if your car is going to reverse can put the driver in sticky situations, like when a semi is backing up and you have no where to go because your car won't reverse. A recall is definitely needed! DEFINITELY!
      Denny
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have owned Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Blah blah blah......they all have their goods and bads. You can say what you want till the cows come home, but nothing will ever make people quit crying over issues. Heres the deal. You dont want to have problems with your BMW, Mercedes, Rolls and Harleys and BMW bikes? Walk then, Get rid of some of that fat around your waist......Dont tell me BMW bikes suck....My f*****g Harley spills more oil in the driveway than Alaska can produce. I am not complaining, I am just telling you like it is...................reality hurts.......buck up and be a man.....
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