BMW of North America has recalled roughly 6,400 X5 sport utility vehicles in the U.S. this month because a defect can cause child-safety locks to disengage when rear inside door handles are pulled. Rear-seat occupants can disengage child safety safety locks by pulling the door handle and then, when pulling the handle a second time, open the door while the car is parked or in motion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a notice of the voluntary recall campaign.
About half of the 6,400 vehicles, which are equipped with the soft-close automatic door option, and which were manufactured by BMW AG from Dec. 12, 2013 through Mar. 10, 2014, contain the defect, according to NHTSA. BMW says it isn’t aware of any injuries tied to the defect.
The move comes amid a separate recall in which BMW is recalling more than 156,000 vehicles in the U.S. and more than 232,000 vehicles in China because of a potential defect that causes some 2010 to 2012 vehicles with six-cylinder engines to stall or suffer engine damage.
BMW says it discovered the door-lock issue in early March during audit testing on a vehicle built with the soft-close automatic option. The company immediately sent affected parts to the supplier for analysis, which determined that the defect stemmed from the narrowing of the clearance between internal components of the locking system. While the parts that weren’t produced to specification are identifiable by date codes contained on them, it isn’t known which specific vehicles were manufactured with the parts, the NHTSA notice said.
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