It seems that German carmaker BMW has some bad news for some of its customers. The carmaker has filed two separate recalls on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites for the E65 and E66 7-Series sedan.
The first one refers to a transmission flaw which could cause the car to roll away. The second one indicates faulty software with the door latches. The first problem affects 45.500 units of the BMW 7-Series sedans built between 2005 and 2008 which are equipped with the Comfort Access option. Apparently when the driver presses the Start / Stop button to shutdown the engine, the transmission automatically shifts the transmission. After a short analysis, the specialists found out that if the driver presses the button 2 or 3 times within a short time interval, the system shifts to Neutral instead of Park. This is quite bad, because if the model is in Neutral and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle might jest as well roll away.
Bavarians from BMW will notify owners starting next month, but unfortunately they will not have revised software available to fix the problem until next year in March. This only means drivers will have to be more careful with their cars and not play around with the Start / Stop button.
The other problem involves 7.485 units of the BMW 7- Series built between 2005 and 2007. These models feature Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options. Because of a software problem, the doors might seem close and latch, but actually may open without any warning. This is what the carmaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It seems that the doors might open due to road or driving conditions or occupant contact with the door as well. The repercussions could be catastrophically, in case of an impact, but the occupant can also be ejected. The recall will start next month and the affected cars will be fixed free of charge.
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