BMW Fined for Software Error

CBJ — Prosecutors in Frankfurt, Germany have assessed BMW with a $10 million fine for poor oversight in installing defective engine software that led to excessive diesel emissions in nearly 8,000 of its vehicles. The problem was eventually noticed and resolved.

No evidence was found that the German carmaker committed wilful fraud, but prosecutors opted to penalize BMW for what it called insufficient quality control.

BMW said it “has consistently emphasized that the installation of the incorrect software module was a frustrating and highly regrettable error.” Therefore the company “accepts the penalty and will not appeal.”