NHTSA has found 16 crashes and five injuries in an eight-month investigation of transmission control problems with BMW 7-Series luxury cars. The agency began the probe in August and has now upgraded it to an engineering analysis, which is a step closer to a recall. But so far, the cars have not been recalled. The investigation covers nearly 122,000 BMWs from the 2002 through 2008 model years.
The cars have push-button start and electronic transmission controls. In some cases the owners may think the cars are in park when they actually are in neutral. According to NHTSA’s website, the cars can roll away unexpectedly and crash. BMW says it’s cooperating in the investigation. The documents on the NHTSA website show that BMW and investigators have received 50 complaints about the problem. NHTSA said it upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis “to further assess the potential safety consequences of the alleged defect.”
Source: Claims Journal
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