BMW is set to recall some 6,400 of its new-for-2014 X5 SUVs built between December 12, 2013 and March 10, 2014 due to concerns that the child safety locks, if set, might deactivate without warning. The problem affects only those vehicles with the automatic soft-closing option.

According to the bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lock mechanism on the rear doors "may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances," meaning the safety locks could disengage with a simple pull of the door handle. Basically, with a pair of tugs, the rear doors could be opened from the inside, regardless of child safety locks.

BMW is in the process of notifying owners of affected vehicles. Any necessary repairs will be conducted free of charge. Take a look below for the official press release from NHTSA.
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Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 X5 SAV vehicles manufactured December 12, 2013, through March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic (SCA) option. The rear side door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage.
A disengaged child safety lock would allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear side door locks and any affected door locks will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      • 6 Months Ago
      Well well, another day, another recall.
      • 6 Months Ago
      "automatic soft-closing option". Wow, another bit of voluntarily-chosen mechanical complexity, and then people complain when these things fail after a few years.
      • 6 Months Ago
      I get the impression all the automakers have created a position where an employee sits in a room with their hand over a row of buttons and whenever an engineer even looks in their direction, they slam down on a large red button that says "RECALL" under a specific model in the row of recall buttons. Geez, their arms must be tired.
      • 6 Months Ago
      The lock mechanism 'may not' have been made right. What does this mean, 'may not?' Is there no way to determine whether the mechanism is defective before issuing a recall?
        • 6 Months Ago
        It could mean some in that time period were correct and some were not and BMW cannot determine exactly which vehicles that went down the line had the bad part and which had a good part. Other than that, sounds like they drew straws and that part was chosen.
          • 6 Months Ago
          Good point... and I wish that BMW would say that. Hey, we tested a sample of vehicles and some were defective, so we're recalling the entire lot. That is much better and very clear, and definitely makes a recall appropriate. But this vagueness doesn't make sense and only cheapens what a recall should be for.. known defects.