If your car, equipment, car seat or tire have defects, they are likely to create safety risks while driving. The manufacturer may initiate a safety recall to “cure” the defects if they are original because of the producer. Even such cars as BMW have faced such recalls for many times during the years. This year it has already received more than 45,000 recalls referring the defective doors which may open unexpectedly while driving. Based on the recalls, the main models which received the reviews were: 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina produced from 2005 until 2008. They have comfort access and soft door close options.
What may the problematic doors cause?
From the first glance, the defects aren’t evident. The doors are gently closing and it seems to be all right. The problem arises while driving. The doors may open in a very unexpected moment and cause harm to the passenger or the driver. It may even cause accidents or double the injuries during any car crash.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after receiving customer complaints, start an investigation to find whether the complaints relate to the reality or not. After this they may contact the competent bodies of BMW company and ask about their awareness of the problem and the ways to fix the problem. Unfortunately, BMW still doesn’t know how to solve the problem.
Previous BMW recalls
It was 2012 when BMW received many recalls regarding loose bolts of 156, 137 2010-’11 vehicles including BMW 335i Sedan. This defect might cause engine stall. According to NHTSA report “In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.” The recall reached its point, and the owners had their vehicles repaired.
Engineers about 2017 recalls
Engineers explain the reason why the doors open in a motion. They said that the sensors used in the latches and door handle fail to work properly causing the current problem with doors.
By the way, BMW had a problem with soft close doors in 2016 as well. That time the sensor defect caused body parts to smash because the sensor couldn’t accurately detect when the parts of body or objects were still in the door.
Charges for recall?
If you own a defective car which is in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall list, you don’t have to pay any money for its repair. Just take your car to an authorized dealer because they have direct contact with the manufacturer. Don’t forget to take your recall letter which the manufacturer sends as soon as the recall is issued. If you don’t have a letter but the problem exists, the manufacturer is again obliged to fix the vehicle free of charge.
If you consider that your car also falls into the list of the recall but you don’t have firm evidence, contact an auto defect attorney to review your case and give sufficient legal support. The experienced attorney will help you take the first steps to protect your legal rights and get much out of it.