Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) has recalled more than 45,000 older 7-Series vehicles in the United States due to a problem with doors, which caused them to fly open while the car is being driven, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s road safety agency, asked BMW about owner complaints regarding doors opening unexpectedly during driving. According to documents posted by the agency, the recall covers some 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years that have the comfort access and soft door close options.
The German automaker said that doors may appear to be closed but can unexpectedly open during driving as a result of road conditions or occupant contact with the door. This could cause the occupant to be ejected or raise the risk of injury in a crash, although no such incidents were reported in the document.