Certain BMW 7 Series cars from 2005 to 2007 have defective door latches that won’t close properly, leaving the doors unexpectedly open.
Cars affected by the recall are equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options and might appear to have latched shut, but are in fact still open. Occupants not wearing seat belts who lean on the doors could be ejected from the car while in motion as a result.
NHTSA isn’t reporting any injuries or deaths, but says 100 percent of the reported units have the defect, which is caused by a software glitch. In total, the number of cars being recalled represents a little less than 15 percent of the 7 Series cars BMW sold between 2005 and 2007.
Owners with affected vehicles can expect to be contacted by BMW and directed to a dealer for a software update, but in the meantime can contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236, or BMW at (800) 525-7417.