BMW falls under the scrutinizing eye of the NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating older model BMW 7 Series vehicles for a safety issue concerning their ability to remain parked. More than 120,000 BMWs from the 2002 to 2008 model years will fall under the investigation’s umbrella, The Detroit News reports.

The government agency received a complaint from a consumer that their vehicle rolled away after it had been parked and the driver exited the car. A bit of prying turned up a few BMW field reports that describe similar situations with other 7 Series vehicles.

The cars are equipped with electronic transmission shifters that will place the car in park for the driver in certain situations, such as when the button is pushed to shut off the engine, according to Automotive Business Review.

If the NHTSA turns up enough evidence to prove that the problem is manufacturing issue, BMW will likely place a recall on the affected cars. Drivers who are thinking about buying cars with auto loans should be sure to ask for maintenance histories and have a their own mechanic take a look at the car before they purchase to make sure there are no hidden, preexisting issues.