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NHTSA Investigation of BMW-7 Series

BMW 7 seriesAn eight month investigation of transmission control problems with the BMW 7 Series found 16 crashes and 5 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that BMW has received 50 complaints related to this issue. The probe, which began last August, has been upgraded to an engineering analysis, suggesting the possibility of a recall. Nearly 122,000 BMWs from the years 2002 through 2008 are covered by the investigation. The cars have a push button start and electronic transmission controls. According to reports, the car rolls unexpectedly because owners think the vehicle is in park when it’s actually in neutral. In one complaint the driver reported that his 2002 model was parked in a daycare center lot when it rolled 40 yards and crashed into an embankment. In another incident, a 2006 model rolled about 100 feet, crashing into a lamp post. In both cases there were no injuries.


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