WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted the petition of BMW of North America L.L.C. for a decision of inconsequential noncompliance in the case of mismarked vehicle placards relating to tire size and inflation.
The petition involves some 3,300 BMW 330i and 330i xDrive vehicles, model year 2017, manufactured between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1, 2016.
BMW informed NHTSA that the vehicle placards on these cards state they are equipped with 18-inch tires, when in fact they are equipped with 17-inch tires.
Also, the placards say the cold tire inflation pressure for the rear tires is 240 kPa/35 psi, when in fact it is 220kPa/32 psi.
BMW argued that the mismarkings would not cause motorists to underinflate their tires. Also, the correct size and inflation information is on the tire sidewalls and in the owner's manual, the auto maker said.
The grant of inconsequential noncompliance appeared in the June 6 Federal Register.