BMW recalling 7-Series vehicles over software glitch

7-series | October 25th, 2012 by 9
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BMW is recalling 7,485 7-Series vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2007. The company says that the affected 7 Series models may have a software glitch …

BMW is recalling 7,485 7-Series vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2007. The company says that the affected 7 Series models may have a software glitch that may allow the doors to inadvertently open when they appear closed.

“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,” said BMW in a statement.

The recall applies to vehicles equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options. No crashes or injuries have been reported in this case.

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First recall of this kind occurred five years ago in Japan when Japanese Ministry of Land and Infrastructure Transport asked BMW about two complaints alleging inadvertent door opening on 7-Series vehicles in Japan. The vehicles were recalled in Japan in September 2007.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first looked into these accidents in October 2007 when BMW responded but no further inquiries by the agency were made. In 2008, the agency again contacted BMW to inquire about several reports other field reports of the issue and BMW issued a service bulletin that instructed dealerships to update the software for vehicles that would come in. The software update was also included in models produces starting in 2007.

NHTSA didn’t ask about the issue again until May 2011 and further conversations took place with BMW confirming that anywhere between 70 to 80 percent of the affected vehicles had already received the software upgrade.

A recall was issued anyway to fix the remaining vehicles.

In February, BMW agreed pay a $3 million penalty for failing to recall vehicles in a timely fashion.

[Source: The Detroit News]

9 responses to “BMW recalling 7-Series vehicles over software glitch”

  1. bimmerfan says:

    Come on BMW there’s been way too many recalls lately!

  2. FreudeKing says:

    PATHETIC! ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC. We are going to have another record breaking number of recalls from BMW this year! BMW’s recalls have reached the highest level in the company’s history every year for the past 3 year! This is unacceptable. For something like this, why is it not a world wide recall??? It is highly unethical for it just to be a service bulletin!

    If they find a problem in Japan AND all these vehicles are the same, then the recall should be worldwide. This management team needs to be fired!

  3. Alen R says:

    I think recalls mean that BMW is responsible for their customers. As it says : “No crashes or injuries have been reported in this case.” So they are just being professional and precautious. To me, this is positive! They appreciate their customers, even for cars sold 8 years ago, whose warranty has expired long ago… They could easily ignore all this, and you would say : “BMW is the best, not a single recall in the past few years… “…

    So, DACIA is the best, they never had a single recall… That’s quality, thats engineering?! hah

  4. madd momma says:

    I am disappointed in the 2004 bmw 745li series. i have just been told that after the car reaches 100,000 plus miles it leaks oil from the motor and over a period of time the motor has to be replaced. If this is true we as 7 series owners need to know this upon purchase. who wants to spend 10,000 dollars for a oil leak, i think it should be on the recall list because it sounds like a set up. Has anyone else been told this or had the same problem?

  5. Naser says:

    Hi im looking for electronic sim for transmision bmw 2006 740li do you found it please tell me. My email adress

  6. Naser says:

    I mean speare parts for transmision bmw valve body … that

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