BMW recalls nearly 53K vehicles for safety concerns

BMW is recalling 45,500 model year 2005-08 7-Series vehicles, equipped with the Comfort Access option, as well as another 7,485 model year 2005-07 7-Series vehicles, equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options. In the first group, the automaker is concerned with a possibly malfunction in the electronic key and an electronic connection between the gear shifter and the transmission. This is called the “Comfort Access mode.” The electronic key automatically shifts the transmission into “Park” when the driver presses the engine Start/Stop button to shutdown the engine. If the driver presses that button two or three times within a short time interval, the system may shift the transmission to “Neutral” rather than park. If the driver is using the electronic key, there would be no protection from the ignition interlock that prevents key removal if the vehicle is not in park. That means, if the driver parks the vehicle and exits it with the transmission, unknowingly in neutral, and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may roll away and cause a crash or injury nearby motorists and pedestrians. In the second recall, a software problem makes it appear the vehicle's doors are closed and latched but in reality, they may not be. This problem means the doors may open while driving depending on road conditions or in the event of a crash, causing bodily harm to the vehicle's occupants. In both recalls, BMW will notify owners during the month of November and dealer will inspect and make repairs at no charge. Owners may contact BMW at (800) 525-7417 or email BMW at Information about this and other recalls is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or
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