Automatically Opening BMW 7 Doors . . .

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But not the way you think. Or – probably – would like.

BMW is recalling 45,484 7-series sedans from the 2005-08 model years because doors may open “inadvertently” while the vehicle is being driven. Some of the vehicles were recalled in 2012 for the same problem.

In the 2012 recall, the automaker said a software error was to blame for the unpredictable opening doors on about 7,500 7-series cars. All of the cars from the 2012 recall are included in BMW’s new callback.

The latest action covers vehicles equipped with the “Comfort Access” or “Soft Close Automatic” doors that can either unexpectedly open while driving or cannot be closed. They are the BMW 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina.

BMW, in a report posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Administration website, said NHSTA received complaints from vehicle owners about doors opening on vehicles not included in the 2012 claim.

BMW met with NHTSA agents to discuss the concerns in April. Then, in early May, the company decided on recalling the vehicles.

The recall was voluntary, but failure to act on defect issues within five days can result in civil fines.

When a fix is available, a BMW spokesperson said, customers can expect to receive a letter asking them to make an appointment with a BMW center.

The automaker is unaware of any injuries related to the car door openings.

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  1. I wasn’t notified by BMW and didn’t realize this was an issue til I noticed this article in the right pane. I just checked the website – there is still no remedy for this problem…..


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