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Recall 12V019000

The Automatic Transmission Park Lock May Not Engage Properly

Recall Details

Due to a manufacturing error, six vehicles may have a condition where the engagement of the transmission's parking lock may not occur when the shifter is in the "P" position. In this situation, if the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the automatic transmission to correct this concern.

Our Quick Take

On six automatic transmission equipped vehicles, the transmission's parking lock may not function when the shifter is in the "P" position.

What Should You Do?

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning February 2, 2012. If you experience the vehicle rolling while in "Park," or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Affected Cars

Drive Train, January 20, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 20, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
6
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V019000
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 X5 XDRIVE 35I SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 19, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 21, 2011. DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ERROR, ENGAGEMENT OF THE TRANSMISSION’S PARKING LOCK MAY NOT OCCUR EVEN IF THE “P” POSITION HAS BEEN SELECTED AND IS DISPLAYED.
Consequence
IF THE DRIVER BELIEVES THAT THE TRANSMISSION IS IN PARK AND DOES NOT USE THE PARKING BRAKE, THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL AWAY AFTER EXITING THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH OR INJURY.
Remedy
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 2, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
Notify
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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