BMW is recalling 45,500 model-year 2005-08 versions of the 7 Series sedan because of problems with the automatic transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles are equipped with the Comfort Access option and were manufactured from Aug. 23, 2004, through July 24, 2008. You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
These vehicles have an electronic key and the transmission is automatically shifted to Park when the driver presses the ignition button. If the driver presses the button multiple times, the transmission could shift into Neutral instead. The vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners starting in November, but dealers will not have a software remedy until March 2013, according to NHTSA. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.