NHTSA upgrades investigation of BMW 7 Series for rollaway risks
The initial investigation into the 2002 through 2008 BMW 7 Series was launched last August when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received complaints of the high end German luxury car rolling away when drivers thought that the vehicle was safely in Park. Since then, the NHTSA has received around 50 complaints of a rollaway issue with the 2002-2008 BWM 7 Series which led to 16 crashes and 5 injuries – although the extent of the injuries and exact cause have not been disclosed.
The 2002 through 2008 BMW 7 Series use what has become a pretty typical push-button engine start/stop system combined with a unique shifter mounted on the steering column. This shift system uses a “bump” control so, unlike vehicles with a traditional automatic transmission shifter where you can see what gear the shifter is in – the 2002-2008 BMW 7 Series uses an electronic system that has seemingly fooled some others into believing that the pricey sedan is in Park when it actually is not. When the vehicle is turned off and left in some gear that is not Park, it may be prone to roll away and those runaway Bimmer’s are what caused the investigation in the first place.