BMW AG may have to cover the cost of scrapping old Rover-badged cars.
The European Union's end-of-life vehicle directive will make automakers legally responsible for recycling cars manufactured under their name.
When BMW sold the Rover group in 2000, the German carmaker retained ownership of the Rover and Triumph nameplates.
Now that MG Rover has collapsed, does that give BMW responsibility for those marques under the EU directive?
"We are monitoring the situation but we don't have a conclusion," says a BMW spokesman.
Says Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd. in the United Kingdom: "The industry may have to take a collective view. No one imagined a major company would go out of business when the legislation was drawn up."
In the United Kingdom, an estimated 2.3 million cars produced by MG Rover and its predecessors - such as British Motor Corp. and British Leyland Motor Corp. - are still in circulation.
They include models badged Austin, Austin-Healey, Morris, MG, Riley, Rover, Standard, Triumph and Wolseley. Ford Motor Co. owns Jaguar and Land Rover, which once were part of Rover.