Automaker BMW has been hit with a fine of up to $40 million from United States regulators after the company failed to issue recalls of their Mini Cooper in a timely fashion. The penalties came into light after it was found that BMW did not immediately report to owners of 2014 or 2015 Mini Coopers that the vehicles had not met side-crash safety standards during testing.
The company admitted to violating the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration consent order which requires companies to report defects to consumers as soon as possible. BMW will now have to pay an immediate $10 million fine, $10 million on steps to change procedures, and a possible $20 million if the company fails to make the proper changes. BMW has promised to take steps to ensure a similar situation will not occur again.
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