German automaker BMW has recently announced that it will recall more than 45,000 units of older BMW 7 Series models manufactured between 2005 and 2008 in the United States. The reason for the recall is because the doors of the said cars may appear closed and locked, but may open due to driving or road conditions or occupant contact with the door. BMW said that an immediate opening might cause someone to be ejected or increase the risk of injury in a crash.
According to Motor1, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the automaker would inspect the BMW 745i, 750i, 745Li, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina models, which comes with a Soft Close Automatic feature. In April, BMW met with NHTSA Agent to discuss the complaints received from many customers and resulted in issuing a recall in May.
The NHTSA also tackled about a 2012 recall of about 7,500 BMW 7 Series sedans manufactured between 2005 to 2007 model years that suffered the same problem. But BMW isn't taking any chances now. The automaker is currently in the works of figuring out the cause and will fix the problem as soon as possible. However, the recall of more than 45,000 affected cars probably won't begin before the end of the month, as the automaker still hasn't yet found out a solution for the problem.
A BMW spokesperson said in a statement, "We are working as efficiently as possible to determine a fix, and we will be sending out letters asking customers of affected vehicles to contact an authorized BMW center and schedule an appointment once the remedy is available." Fortunately, there are no reports yet on an injury that is related to the defect.
Owners of the affected BMW 7 Series models are expecting for an immediate solution from the automaker. Owners with questions can call BMW at (800) 525-7417.