BMW has issued a recall of more than 45,000 cars after complaints from customers that the doors have unexpectedly flown open while driving.
The cars in effect include some of the older 7-Series models, including 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li, and B7 Alpina cars from 2005-2008. All of these models features doors with the comfort access and soft-door close options.
Under certain driving conditions, or when an occupant makes contact, the door may come open even though it appears to be closed and latched, says BMW. If a door does open inadvertently, it may cause an occupant to be ejected or worsen the risk of injury in a crash.
According to documents released from the car company, the latches may, over time, malfunction, leading to a potential dangerous situation; however, the documents released to the government did not report on whether this malfunction has caused any crashes or injuries, according to ABC News.
In 2012 BMW issued a recall of about 7,500 7-Series cars from the 2005-2007 model years involving the same manufacturer defect. After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received several complaints from customers that doors in their vehicles were unexpectedly flying open, the government agency asked BMW to expand the 2012 recall.
BMW promised to look into the matter and, as a result, agreed to another recall. The company is still trying to determine the cause of the defect so they can develop a fix.
Customers concerned about the recall are encourage to call the company directly at (800) 525-7417.
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