BMW of North America will be recalling 45,500 of its 7 series luxury sedans from model years 2005-2008 to rectify a defect that could cause a parked vehicle to roll away. According to BMW, automatic transmissions may not remain in "park" position due to a software flaw on cars equipped with keyless ignition and the Comfort Access option.
The vehicles are designed to automatically shift the gearbox to “park” when the driver hits the Stop/Start button to shut off the engine. In some instances, however, if the driver presses the button two or three consecutive times, the system may shift the transmission to neutral rather than “park."
In its official recall notice posted on its Web site, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remarked that if the driver leaves the vehicle with the transmission in Neutral and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may roll away.
BMW announced it would start notifying 7 series owners of the defect in November 2012, but dealers will not be able to fix the software until March 2013. Last week, BMW recalled several of the same 7 series sedans due to door latching problems attributed to a software flaw on cars equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options.