NHTSA finds 16 crashes, 5 injuries in BMW 7-Series investigation

2006 BMW 7 Series

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today that it found 16 crashes and five injuries related to its investigation of transmission control issues with the BMW 7-Series. The investigation covers around 122,000 units of the 7-Series built from 2002 through 2008 model years.

The investigation by NHTSA began in August and the agency has upgraded the probe to an engineering analysis, which is a step toward a safety recall.

The models under investigation include 7-Series models with push-button start and electronic transmission controls. In some cases the owners that think the car is in park are actually in neutral. That can cause the cars to roll away unexpectedly and crash.

BMW and NHTSA have received 50 complaints about the problem.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News