The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration always finds a way to pop up in our weekly news at some point. So here’s some more! The NHTSA is currently investigating 120,000 2002-2007 E65 and E66 BMW 7-Series over a concern that the car’s parking pawl may not hold the car in park when it is shifted in P, allowing the car to roll away.
The NHTSA posted the notice just today after an owner complained about rollaway incidents with a 2006 7-Series. As some of you may know, the BMW 7-Series allows drivers to select their gears through a steering column mounted, electronically controlled shifter. The system is also designed to automatically park the car, for example when a driver parks the car and shuts it off using the start/stop button without hitting P on the stalk.
There are also reports of similar incidents happening through BMW’s field reports on similarly equipped 7-Series from 2002 to 2008.
No cause to the problem has been found and no deaths or accidents have been reported.
– By: Chris Chin