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Nearly All 2018 BMWs Need To Visit The Dealer

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As do some Rolls-Royce models and the Toyota Supra.

If you own a 2018 and newer BMW then chances are high you'll be visiting the dealer soon for a software fix. The recall is due to the backup camera in BMW models that also include the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Phantom as well as the Toyota Supra. In total, the issue affects 51 different models and their variants.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall is being issued as it's possible to adjust the backup camera's brightness and contrast to the point that "the rear-view image is no longer visible."

2018-2020 BMW M5 Sedan Burnout via BMW
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via BMW

On the long list of recalls over the years, this one is pretty minor as it needs the user to go into the settings and make adjustments without realizing they can't see anything from the camera anymore. However, once made, the settings remain even after the vehicle has been shut down and restarted, leaving them in place for the next driver. The NHTSA and BMW have had several discussions over the issue before the agency decided the system wasn't in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. It's also exactly the same issue Nissan had a while back and had to recall over a million vehicles to fix.

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The repair will be a simple fix with a software upgrade from the dealer and a total of 257,481 vehicles are listed to get the software upgrade. That includes SUV and car owners through BMW's range, and even includes the brand new 8 Series models. As it effects the Toyota Supra, new Z4 owners will also be taking a trip to their dealers.

This is the second recall for the Toyota Supra, although only seven were actually affected by the improper weld for the seatbelt guide loop mount. The Rolls Royce Cullinan also had a recall this year, and that was, bizarrely, for having brake lights that were too dim.

Owners will start receiving their notices for the recall starting on November 13.

2013-2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Front Angle View via Rolls Royce
2013-2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Rear Angle View via Rolls Royce
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