BMW recalls 61K vehicles due to sunroof misprogramming

BMW car underneath a sunset sky.
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Overview BMW sunroof recall:

  • Who: BMW is recalling 61,221 vehicles, including Gran Coupes, X5s and X7s.
  • Why: The vehicles may have faulty programming of the sunroof control unit that could allow them to be closed without the key fob in the vehicle.
  • True: The recall is nationwide in the United States.

BMW is recalling 61,221 vehicles of various makes and models due to safety issues with the sunroof.

The remember was posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on April 20 on behalf of BMW of North America, LLC.

The recall applies to certain 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe (430i, 430i xDrive and M440i xDrive); 2019-2022 X5 sDrive40i, X5 xDrive40i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M50i and X5M; 2021-2022 X5 xdrive45e; 2020-2022 X6 sDrive40i, X6 xDrive40i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M; and 2019-2023 X7 xDrive40i, X7 xDrive50i, X7 M50i, X7 xDrive60i, X7 M60i, X7M and Alpina XB7 vehicles.

According to the report, the vehicles may have a faulty programming of the sunroof control unit that could allow them to be closed without the key fob in the car.

“As such, these vehicles do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 118, ‘Power-Operated Window Systems,'” the recall notice reads.

The problem could result in injury to unattended people or animals in the vehicle, the message says.

The company is not currently facing any legal action over the recall, but Top Class Actions is closely following the recalls as they sometimes end in class action lawsuits.

BMW reprograms control unit for free, according to recall

Dealers will reprogram the roof function control module free of charge, the recall notice says. The problem requires reprogramming of the vehicle module. This can be done in person or over the air.

Owner notice letters are expected to be sent on June 13, 2022.

Owners may contact BMW Customer Service at 1-800-525-7417 with additional questions.

The news comes after a federal judge in Pennsylvania last year a motion rejected to file a class action lawsuit alleging BMW concealed an engine failure that caused some of its vehicles to consume excess oil.

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