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BMW Is Recalling More Than 250,000 Vehicles Due to Back-Over Concerns

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 10/9/2019 Jeff S. Bartlett
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BMW is issuing a wide recall on recent models because the display settings can be changed so that the rear camera view is turned off when the car is in Reverse. Additionally, the system will retain those settings the next time the vehicle is driven.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the issue could increase the risk of a crash and also does not adhere to federal safety standards. (See our guide to backup cameras.)

The recall affects many 2018-2020 BMW vehicles, as well as some Rolls-Royce models and the Toyota Supra, which was co-developed with BMW. (Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW.)

The recall is expected to begin November 19, 2019.  

The Details

Vehicles recalled:

  • 2018 BMW 540d
  • 2018-2019 640i xDrive Gran Turismo and Rolls-Royce Phantom

    2018-2020 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, M550i xDrive, M5, 530e, 530e xDrive, X3 sDrive, X3 xDrive, X3 M40i, X3 M

  • 2019-2020 X4 xDrive, X4 M40i, X4 M, X7 xDrive, X7 M50i, 740Li, 740Li xDrive, 750Li, 750Li xDrive, 8 Series Convertible and Coupe 840i, 840i xDrive, M850i xDrive, X5 sDrive, X5 xDrive, X5 M50i, X6 xDrive, X6 M50i, 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i, M340i xDrive, Z4 sDrive, Z4 M40i, 740Le xDrive and 745Le xDrive
  • 2019 M850i xDrive Gran Coupe and Rolls-Royce Cullinan
  • 2020 Toyota Supra vehicles

The problem: The backup camera display settings may be changed so that it does not show behind the vehicle when the transmission is placed in Reverse.

The fix: Dealerships will update the backup camera software, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Toyota Supra owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V684000

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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