IHS Global Insight
May 30, 2017
BMW has announced a recall of 45,484 units of the 7-series cars in the United States, according to a report by Automotive Newsciting documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers vehicles equipped with the “Comfort Access” or “Soft Close Automatic” doors and affects model-year 2005-08 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina vehicles. These vehicles’ doors are potentially faulty, creating a risk they either cannot be closed or unexpectedly open while the car is in motion. “In these vehicles, the door can appear to be closed, although it has stopped in a position where the main detent is not fully engaged. Thus, an external influence [force] such as an irregular road surface, or an inadvertent interior contact by a vehicle occupant with the door, could result in an unexpected opening of the door while driving,” said NHTSA. This could result in a crash or injury.
Significance: The recall is scheduled to begin on July 10. No accident or injuries in connection with the problem have been reported, according to NHTSA. The recall is related to the 2012 recall of 7,485 7-series cars of model year 2005 to 2007, which the automaker attributed to a software error that could cause doors to open unpredictably. All the cars from the 2012 recall are included in BMW’s new callback. BMW has also recalled over 9,000 i3 REx plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the United States.
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