BMW has recalled about 2,500 of its M3 vehicles from the 2008-2009 model years with an optional double clutch transmission. Apparently, these vehicles have a defect involving the double clutch gearbox. During quick deceleration the transmission software may perform “a multistage downshift,” which means the vehicle’s engine could stall at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Our source for this blog is an article on Consumeraffairs.com.

Dealers will reprogram the engine and transmission electronic control unit free of charge. The recall began earlier this month. Owners with questions are asked to call BMW at 1-800-831-1117. Consumers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 or visit NHTSA’s Web site at www.safercar.gov.

BMW must be commended for issuing these recalls on relatively newer model vehicles. To date there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities relating to this particular auto product defect, so it is still not clear how officials found out about the defects. In August, BMW recalled about 150,000 vehicles to fix a defective part in their front airbags that prevented those airbags from deploying during a crash. That recall, which was not prompt, involved 2004 to 2006 model BMW vehicles.

As an auto product defect law firm that has represented auto accident victims from around the country, we know that more often than not, auto makers do not recall their defective products. Often, they don’t even admit to a lot of their product defects. We’ve fought industry giants over defective seatbelts, flimsy roofs, seatbacks that are weaker than garden chairs and defective tires that blow out and cause catastrophic accidents.

These are all serious auto product defects that cause life-changing injuries or death. Auto manufacturers who do not recall their defective products must be held accountable and must be made to stand by the products they put on the market, products they market as “safe” to consumers and their families. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a defective auto product and are interested in finding out how you can pursue your legal rights, please call us for more information.