Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that BMW of North America, LLC will be fined a civil penalty of $3 million for what the agency said were problems with timely reporting of safety defects.
Under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, auto makers are required to report recalls and safety issues within a short period of time. Calling this time factor “critical,” the NHTSA Administrator David Strickland stated that the agency “expects all manufacturers to address automotive safety issues quickly and in a forthright manner.”
It might surprise consumers that the federal law puts auto manufacturers on a very short leash when it comes to reporting safety defects and related issues. They have five days to let the agency know about such defects and to expeditiously begin a recall.