Recall 16V919000

Transmission Shifts To Neutral Unexpectedly

Recall Details

The Digital Motor Electronic control unit may have a loose ground cable, which could cause the transmission to shift into neutral unexpectedly while driving. Dealers will tighten the ground cable free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The transmission of the vehicle may suddenly shift to neutral while driving because of a loose electrical ground cable. This could cause loss of vehicle control and an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in February 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, December 21, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 21, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016 X5 xDrive40e vehicles manufactured July 29, 2015, to September 9, 2015. The affected vehicles have a Digital Motor Electronic (DME) control unit that may have a loose electrical ground cable, possibly causing an under-voltage condition which would result in the transmission shifting to neutral.
If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, there would be an increased risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the ground cable, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 6, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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