NHTSA Opens BMW Defect Probe on 120,000 7-Series Models


An investigation into a potential electronic glitch doesn't mean that a safety defect will be found.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary engineering investigation on 120,000 2002-2008 7-Series models because of one complaint of a BMW defect.

The Office of Defects Investigation said in a regulatory filing today that it has received a complaint from a consumer alleging a rollaway incident with a model year 2006 BMW 7-Series vehicle after parking and exiting the vehicle.

The BMW defect complaint vehicle was equipped with BMW’s Comfort Access electronic access and ignition system and an electronic transmission shifter with the gear selector mounted on the steering column. The filing said that the shifter is designed to automatically shift the vehicle to Park under a variety of conditions, including after the driver has pressed the ignition button to turn the engine off.

Early Warning Reporting data submitted to ODI by BMW include field reports describing additional rollaway incidents in similarly equipped MY 2002 through 2008 BMW 7-Series vehicles.

“Thus far, no cause has been identified for any of the rollaway incidents. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and causes of rollaway incidents in the subject vehicles,” NHTSA said.

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