The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration imposed a penalty of up to $40 million on the German automaker BMW. This is BMW’s second since 2012. BMW admitted that it failed to issue a prompt recall of those automobiles which did not comply with the minimum crash protection standards set by the federal government. Additionally, BMW failed to provide accurate data and information to the NHTSA regarding its vehicles.
NHTSA initially investigated BMW’s 2014 and 2015 Mini Cooper vehicles, and concluded in October 2014 that a two-door hardtop version of the vehicle failed to satisfy federal crash safety standards. BMW promised to conduct a recall to correct the issue, but a subsequent investigation in July of 2015 demonstrated that the vehicle still failed side-impact crash tests. BMW had not fixed the vehicles as it had promised.
BMW’s misdeeds represent just one of several high profile safety scandals in the automobile industry. NHTSA recently penalized GM and Chrysler for their own failures to rectify vehicle defects and provide prompt and accurate information to consumers about the defects.
In reality, giant multinational corporations do not always prioritize consumer safety, and federal agencies are limited in methods to combat this practice. If you have been injured because of a defective product or because of the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have incurred.