I guess it only makes sense to those of us who have participated in OE/Tier transportation recalls in administrative and technical roles. I have yet to do one from the regulatory side. The GM case is open and shut for NHTSA - and notice that NHTSA has not actually required GM to recall the switches. Why? Because they perform as designed, and to the current safety standard. GM is recalling them because there are so damn many of them and they are cheap to R&R. Additionally, the "defect" is possible to design out with simple engineering, and NHTSA can quickly confirm that the fix will work as designed without impacting other systems. A defect that can't be quantified, qualified, or otherwise measured is almost impossible to design around. BMW has beefed up the axle buss twice, and there are still occasional fractures. Believe it or not, NHTSA has some engineers on staff, and I am quite sure that they have consulted to BMW to try to fix the problem. When BMW and NHTSA can figure out what the root cause of the fractures is and provide a certifiable means to eliminate them, then and only then can NHTSA force a recall. Prior to that, if the failure rate does not exceed the federal guidelines, meh. Also, up until a recall is ordered, people CAN sue BMW. Once the recall is issued, it's not so easy. Like I said, I guess the whole recall process only makes sense to those of us who have to operate the process. Perhaps you guys should put some of the effort into reforming NHTSA. It would be much more effective than screaming on the internet about BMW. Besides, I can see exactly what the outcome of a recall would be already. Every bike would be hauled into the dealership and the fork ends would be treated with Magnaflux dye. No cracks after some predetermined number of miles that BMW and NHTSA agree is realistic? Good to go. And then if it broke after the mileage number was exceeded, well, tough shit. Those whose cracks were caught early enough would get to wait for new fork sliders, likely with the bike in impound at the dealership. Those who didn't would be SOL. Because that is how the law works. Go to Grainger and buy your own dye and keep and eye on things. When you find a crack, post up and ask how to best approach BMW.