BMW's Soft Close Doors May Inadvertently Open: 7-Series Recall

BMW is recalling 7,485 units of the 7-Series belonging to the 2005-2007 model years due to the fact that the doors may open by surprize. One may be tempted to think that the hardware is the one to blame here, but, in fact, the reason behind this lies in the software.
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"Due to a software problem, the doors may appear to be closed and latched, but, in fact, may inadvertently open," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells us. "The door may unexpectedly open due to road or driving conditions or occupant contact with the door. The sudden opening may result in occupant ejection or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash."

The affected vehicles come with the Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options, with the vehicles being built between August 23, 2004 and September 3, 2007.

BMW claims that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries connected to the problem. The recall will debut this month and BMW dealers will replace the software. If you own one of the aforementioned models, you can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
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