Bayerische Motoren Werke AG’s BMW of North America affiliate has recalled 7,485 of its 7 Series luxury sedans from model years 2005-2007 that may have faulty door latches. According to BMW, the doors may not latch due to a software problem on cars equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options. “An irregular road surface or inadvertent interior contact with the door could lead to an unexpected opening of the door,” the automaker said in its official notification of the recall to NHTSA. The sudden opening of a door “may result in occupant ejection or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash,” according to NHTSA. BMW said dealers began updating software on customers’ cars in November. The automaker conducted a recall for this problem in Japan in 2007. Earlier this year, BMW agreed to pay a $3 million fine to NHTSA for not promptly carrying out recalls in 2010.
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