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Colorado Residents: BMW Recalls Some Series 7 Models

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BMW logoColorado owners of BMG 7-Series models should note that BMW is recalling of 45,500 of its 2005-2008 model year 7 Series luxury sedans because of a flaw that could cause a parked car to roll away, and is also recalling 7,485 of the 7 Series vehicles built from August 2004 through September 2007 that might have a software problem that could allow doors to open when they appear closed, according to news reports.

“The door may unexpectedly open due to road or driving conditions or occupant contact with the door. The sudden opening may result in occupant ejection or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash,” BMW said, as David Shepardson reports for The Detroit News. BMW said no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result.

It was not specified where the 2004-2007 cars were sold, but the recall includes cars equipped with Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options, Shepardson writes. He notes that the recall comes five years after BMW recalled vehicles in Japan, and five years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first asked BMW about the issue.

As Shepardson writes, although BMW did not think the inadvertent door opening was a safety issue, it did recall the cars in Japan in September 2007, four months after the Japanese Ministry of Land and Infrastructure Transport asked the car maker about two complaints. Then, in October 2007, NHTSA contacted BMW about several field reports about the problem in the U.S. To address the problem, BMW made a software update as part of a production change in 2007, Shepardson writes.

Earlier this month, BMW met with NHTSA to discuss the issue. BMW said about 70 to 80% of the affected vehicles had already received the updated software, but it agreed to do a recall anyway. In February, BMW agreed to pay a $3 million penalty for failing to recall vehicles in a timely manner. Shepardson writes: “Federal law requires all auto manufacturers to notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety defect or noncompliance exists and to promptly conduct a recall.”

It was also not specified where the 2005-2008 cars were sold, but BMW said the automatic transmissions in those cars might not stay in “park” because of a software glitch in cars that have keyless ignition and the Comfort Access option, Paul Lienert of Reuters writes in an article appearing on Yahoo! News.

Lienert notes:

The cars are designed to automatically shift the transmission to park when the driver presses the Stop/Start button to shut off the engine. In some cases, if the driver presses the button two or three times in succession, the system may shift the transmission to neutral rather than park.

‘If the driver exits the vehicle with the transmission in Neutral and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may roll away,’ the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its official recall notice posted late Friday on its website.

BMW said it will start contacting car owners in November about the potential roll-away problem, but that dealers will not be able to correct the software until March. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email the company at


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