Munich prosecutors have imposed a fine of 8.5 million euros (RM39.3 million) on BMW for administrative lapses, after it was found that the Bavarian giant installed the wrong engine management software into 7,965 vehicles that led to higher emissions output.

According to Reuters, the prosecutor’s office said BMW was guilty of oversight lapses. BMW has since accepted the findings of the prosecutor. Apparently, the engine management software that was installed caused different readings of nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution levels between test bench and real-world emissions measurements.

In March last year, BMW’s headquarters in Munich and engine plant in Austria were raided by authorities under the suspicion of using emissions cheating software. The move was made when BMW’s revision of CO2 figures for its entire range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) were found to be considerably higher than the previous New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test.

The carmaker has since recalled 11,700 vehicles for rectification, but Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) said that it didn’t consider the software used in affected models to be a defeat device.