It seems that the Bavarian Motor Wizards have been playing a bit too fast and loose with their spellbook, specifically the chapter on "Conducting Electricity 101." In a shocking (pun intended) twist of fate, BMW of North America has had to wave the recall wand over 9,211 examples of its latest luxury chariots due to a grounding gaffe.
Here's the spark that ignited the recall cauldron: a ground connection to the steering wheel that's as sketchy as a politician's promise. This niggling little non-conformance, courtesy of a supplier's oversight, might leave the hands-on detection system more clueless than a teenager without Wi-Fi. In layman's terms? The car could be tricked into thinking you're gripping the wheel, even if you're actually gesticulating wildly to your favorite tune on the radio. And let's not even start on the Emergency Stopping Assistant (ESA) system, which, without proper grounding, wouldn't know when to take control if you decided to check out temporarily.
Affected are the techno-temples on wheels — the 2023-2024 BMW 740i, 740i xDrive, 760i xDrive, the electrically enlivened 2024 750e xDrive, the digital deity i7 in eDrive50, xDrive60, and M70 guises, the 2024 530i and 530i xDrive, and lest we forget, the upcoming stars of the i-series, the 2024 i5 eDrive40 and i5 M60.
Now, before you consider returning to your horse and buggy, BMW's fix is a simple one: a grounding check followed by a ceremonial reattachment of the offending connection. All this at the grand price of $0, courtesy of the good ol' New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Owners, mark your calendars! Your local BMW conjurer (read: dealer) will be ready to cast the corrective spell starting December 8, 2023. And for those wondering how the folks at BMW discovered this electrifying tale of the missing ground? It was during a spirited drive meant to assess long-term quality — a test more thrilling than a caffeine-fueled binge-watch of "Car Reviews with Georg."
So there you have it. A tale of grounding woes that not even the ultimate driving machine can escape. Stay grounded, my friends, and remember — in the world of luxury sedans, it's not just about the ride, it's also about the connection. Literally.