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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Bayerishe Motoren Werke (BMW)


528iA Years: 1998

Number Involved: 3,800
Dates of Manufacture: August - November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V143
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The sealing material of the transmission gear position switch can develop leaks and allow water entry. This can eventually result in an incorrect indication of the gear position, which could cause the car not to start, or allow it to start in a drive gear, such as "Drive" or "Reverse."
Remedy: Dealers will replace the transmission gear position switch. Owner notification is expected to begin the end of August 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.