There are 7,485 BMW 7 Series sedans involved in a recall over a software glitch that can cause the sedan's doors to open unintentionally "due to road or driving conditions or occupant contact with the door." The issue was discovered in Japan in 2007, covering cars from the 2005 to 2007 model years, and it led to a recall there that same year.

Just after the Japanese recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked about the matter in the U.S., to which BMW responded that it would issue a service bulletin and that during a general software update for the car, the code dealing with the door issue would also be rectified. Four years on, in 2011, when NHTSA asked about the matter again, BMW said that up to 80 percent of the cars had got the new software. After meeting with the German company earlier this year over the door matter and others, a recall is being made official.

Check out the recall notice from NHTSA below.
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Report Date : October 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 12V502000


Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / 745I 2005
BMW / 745LI 2005
BMW / 750I 2006-2008
BMW / 750LI 2006-2008
BMW / 760I 2005-2006
BMW / 760LI 2005-2008

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V502000 NHTSA Action Number: EA12002

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Potential Number of Units Affected: 45,500

Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 7-Series vehicles, equipped with the Comfort Access option, and manufactured August 23, 2004, through July 24, 2008. The affected vehicles have an electronic key and an electronic connection between the gear shifter and the transmission (shift-by-wire) that automatically shifts the transmission to Park when the driver presses the Start/Stop button to shutdown the engine. If the driver presses the engine Start/Stop button 2 or 3 times within a short time interval, the system may shift the transmission to Neutral rather than Park. If using the electronic key (Comfort Access mode), there would be no protection from the ignition interlock that prevents key removal if the vehicle is not in Park.

Consequence:
If the driver exits the vehicle with the transmission in Neutral and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may rollaway. Unattended rollaway incidents often result in a crash or cause injury to pedestrians attempting to stop or enter the vehicle or to other bystanders in the path of the vehicle.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners beginning in November 2012, but will not have revised software available to remedy the vehicles until March 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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  • 31 Comments
      Davie2743
      • 2 Years Ago
      I owned a three series BMW that would signal all doors were locked but the passenger door remained unlocked, great car for your wife or kids.
      ljdri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had a 2007 7 series, absolutely the worst car I have ever owned. Was in the shop so much. Will never, ever buy a BMW again. First time, last time. BMW and the dealership should have thought more about owning up to the issues and being fair to the customer!
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      German Engineering!
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of all the German cars, it appears BMW are the most problematic. Do BMW engineers know anything about reliability? Do they have pride? Something as simple as doors should not open by itself.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of dumb **** from BMW lately. Catastrophic engine failures from M cars, 7-series' just rolling away, coolant system failures in almost the whole range and now doors just opening. Get your **** together BMW. I can't imagine any of the stock brokers or accountants who bought a beemer in the past couple years is all that thrilled.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, even BMW understands that some of their owners are asshats.
      GoodTimes
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Revenge of Chris Bangles
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Nick Scalisi
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know you've got crap when you open the door in reverse and the car loudly slams itself into park.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't like the idea of my car computer being responsible for automatic opening or closing of my doors. But then I'm kind of a Neanderthal when it comes to mechanical linkages. For things like the throttle, the brakes and the freakin' steering wheel. Not to mention the freakin' doors that let me in and out of my own car. I'm sure there are great packaging advantages to "skateboard" chassis platforms, where manufacturers can just attach any body they want and make a few electrical connections. But the lack of mechanical control and feel from connected control surfaces terrifies me.
        Justin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        I agree. Not a fan of software opening and closing the door, I can pull a handle.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        It does seem like a rather useless feature to the non-disabled driver. If you can walk in and out of your own car, you can open and close your own doors. It's the sort of thing that makes you go, "Ooh, cool, my car can open and close it own doors!" without actually providing any advantage of convenience.
        Bernard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        Does the internet terrify you aswell?
        Doug Danzeisen Sr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        Agree totally, not afraid of tech. But I see little of value for me personally in tech just for the sake of tech. I can manage the throttle, doors and steering- thank you very much. Just as an aside there is also an issue with BMW motorcycles- their fuel level detectors often go out in the fuel tanks as they no longer use the old float type sending unit, but an electronic strip. BMW is reportedly working on a fix, but they have been doing this for some time as I understand it. To each their own.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it throw the owner out after it hits 70% depreciation?
      • 2 Years Ago
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