The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has hit BMW North America with a $40 million penalty for violations of safety standards in its 2014 and 2015 Mini Cooper cars. This is the German automaker’s second such penalty in three years. BMW agreed to a consent order that includes a $10 million fine, $10 million in spending to overhaul safety procedures and $20 million in deferred fines if the company fails to comply with the order or commits additional safety violations. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a written statement:
NHTSA has discovered multiple instances in which BMW failed its obligations to its customers, to the public and to safety. The consent order NHTSA has issued not only penalizes this misconduct, it requires BMW to take a series of steps to remedy the practices and procedures that led to these violations.
BMW violated requirements to issue a timely recall of Mini Coopers that failed to comply with minimum crash protection standards, to notify owners of recalled vehicles quickly enough, and report the recalls to NHTSA. The penalty follows a $3 million penalty in 2012 for similar violations.
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