BMW 2 Series Gran Coupes recalled for a sunroof issue

Around 14,000 vehicle are impacted by a noncompliance problem, which the automaker will correct free of charge.

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The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe's sunroof may not comply with federal safety standards.

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BMW is recalling around 14,000 228i and M235i cars from the 2020 and 2021 model years because of a sunroof problem. This issue, which was announced on Feb. 18, isn't so much that something is broken, rather the vehicles don't comply with a certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

So, what's wrong here? It's a little complicated. If a driver starts closing an affected vehicle's power sunroof and then switches the ignition to either the off or lock position, the sunroof may continue to close, which violates FMVSS No. 118, which aims to minimize the chances of injury or death from the unintentional operation of a power window or sunroof. Curiously, the anti-pinch/anti-trap feature remains active on these cars, which automatically stops or reverses the sunroof's movement if it closes on an object. 

According to the rule, a window, partition or roof panel may only be closed "when the key that controls activation of the vehicle's engine is in the 'on,' 'start' or 'accessory' position." As silly as it may seem, since these BMW sunroofs continue to close after the ignition is switched off, they violate the federal regulation, even though they won't hurt anyone: It appears no injuries or deaths have been caused by this defect.

To rectify this sunroof problem, the automaker issued a voluntary noncompliance recall and will perform a software update, which will be available at dealerships, free of charge. If your 2 Series Gran Coupe is affected by this recall, BMW will officially notify you beginning on April 12.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign number for this recall is 21V091000. If you have any questions or concerns about this, contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or reach out to BMW customer service directly by calling 1-800-525-7417.

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