By Miles Moore, Senior Washington Reporter
WASHINGTON (Nov. 6, 2015) — Aftermarket organizations including the Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) are pleased with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) final consent decree against the Mini Division of BMW of North America L.L.C. for violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The FTC voted 4-0 on Oct. 22 to approve the consent order, seven months after BMW and commission staff agreed to it.
According to the FTC, the Mini Division violated Magnuson-Moss when it told car buyers their warranties would be void if they took their vehicles to repair shops other than those at Mini dealerships, or used parts not specified by Mini.
Under terms of the consent decree, BMW and the Mini Division may not require car buyers to perform routine maintenance at Mini dealerships — unless they can substantiate that requirement with competent and reliable scientific evidence.