The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating a possible automatic transmission problem on approximately 120,000 BMW 7 Series sedans model year 2002-2008.
The alleged problem is that the cars are not staying in Park, which results in the vehicle rolling away. Thus far one complaint has been filed with the NHTSA regarding the faulty transmission, a 2006 BMW 7 Series. Like the rest of that generation of 7 Series, it was equipped with BMW’s electronic access and ignition system, including an electronic transmission shifter that uses a toggle mounted on the steering column. According to the NHTSA, the shifter is designed to automatically put the vehicle in park in a variety of circumstances, including when the engine is turned off.
This is just a preliminary investigation, but if an issue is indeed found, a recall could be in store. If you have one of the vehicles under investigation and have any questions, you can contact BMW customer relations at 800-831-1117. You can also contact the NHTSA at 800-327-4236, and reference campaign number PE11025.
Source: NHTSA, Reuters