By Matt Schmitz on May 27, 2014
Vehicles Affected: About 6,400 model-year 2014 BMW X5 luxury crossovers manufactured between Dec. 12, 2013, and March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic option.
The Problem: The rear side-door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured correctly, and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage. This could allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: BMW began notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear side-door locks; any affected door locks will be replaced for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.
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