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NHTSA to investigate rollaway issue in 120,000 units of BMW 7-series 2002-2008 sedans

August 21st, 2011 Posted in 7 Series, BMW

About 120,000 units of BMW 7-Series 2002-2008 model sedans are undergoing thorough investigations by the U.S. safety regulators of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to a consumer complaint about a roll-away incident that happened after exiting and parking a 2006MY BMW 7-Series sedan.

The particular BMW unit in the said complaint has the brand’s Comfort Access electronic access as well as an electronic gearbox shifter. The transmission selector can be found on the steering column. According to the complaint filed by the consumer at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the shifter robotically sets the car in the Park Mode in various conditions. One of these conditions is when the driver has pressed the ignition button to turn off the car.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the luxury brand also sent the agency similar roll-away incidents among other BMW 7-Series models from the years 2002-2008 that have the same features.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a statement saying that they haven’t pinpointed a cause for the rollaway incidents yet and that a Preliminary Evaluation of the said vehicles has been made to study the scope, cause, and frequency of the reported rollaway incidents.

While this rollaway incident is an alarming issue, no injury reports have been made yet. The Feds are studying the car model’s electronic transmission shifter to find out that of this rollaway issue and address the problem at hand as soon as possible.

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