Here's Why No One Can Buy A New BMW 7 Series In The US Right Now


Read this before heading to the dealership.

Ever since the Toyota unintended acceleration and GM ignition switch debacles, automakers have been taking extra precautions when it comes to recalls. In fact sometimes the best thing to do is, aside from a recall, is to issue a stop-sale order. It can happen to any automaker for any reason, but today we’ve learned that BMW has stopped selling its new 7 Series in the US. Why? Because of an airbag deployment issue. According to Automotive News, the affected 7 Series were built from July 1, 2015 through December 11, 2015.

The exact problem involves a defective airbag control module that could potentially keep them from deploying in a crash. The specific models this affects are the 740Li, 750Li, and 750 LXi. All told, some 6,110 7 Series models are affected here. BMW informed the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) that, so far, it doesn’t believe any crashes or injuries have happened. Still though, BMW claims this defect could cost consumers at least $80,000. BMW claims the fix will only take four hours, but it still doesn’t know for how long the stop-sale order will last. People who’ve already bought an affected 7 Series are being notified by mail.

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