BMW has attempted to settle a Federal Trade Commission charge that it illegally made warranties conditional on consumers having all oil changes performed at authorized service centers. BMW agreed to a pending settlement, saying it will discontinue the practice.
On March 19, the FTC issued an administrative complaint against BMW of North America LLC. The FTC alleged that BMWs Mini Division violated the tie-in provision of the Magnus-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 by stating in Mini vehicles owner manuals, beginning with 2012 models, that only Mini dealers are to perform oil changes, lest the four-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty be rejected.
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