Edward Norton's formula from Fight Club comes to mind with this.
"A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."
I was thinking about this today when I had my 2 year old in the backseat. If this happened I wouldn't be able to get him out easily. I can't believe BMW would knowingly ignore a problem that causes the doors to be impossible to open. That's something I can't live with as an owner- sorry BMW I'm selling mine and never buying your brand again. (Also really BMW, the alarm system is an add-on option for a $35k car? A fucking Hyundai comes with this standard you cheap bastards.)