BMW recalls Toyota Supra, selected 3.0L models in United States for loss of braking assist due to software

BMW recalls Toyota Supra, selected 3.0L models in United States for loss of braking assist due to software

BMW of North America has issued a recall for selected BMW models as well as the Toyota Supra for a potential loss of braking assistance, according to an update from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The issue was summarised by the NHTSA to originate from the engine management software, which may cause the loss of braking assistance upon starting the engine. Full mechanical braking without power assistance remains available, the NHTSA said in the summary.

The additional effort required, however, can cause increased stopping distances and lead to an increased risk of a crash, according to BMW in a Toyota-issued recall statement. As part of the recall, Toyota Motor North America has issued a stop-sale order for the Supra, which includes all current new vehicles in its dealer inventory.

BMW recalls Toyota Supra, selected 3.0L models in United States for loss of braking assist due to software

According to the safety recall document, the malfunction occurs specifically when the engine start button is rapidly pressed twice, or if the brake pedal is only briefly depressed when the engine start button is pressed. To prevent the condition from occurring, Toyota advises drivers to only press the start button once, and firmly press the brake pedal until the engine has started.

Of the potential 50,024 vehicles affected in total, 13,014 are of the Supra built between February 2019 and June 2021, according to Road and Track. In addition to the Supra, the affected vehicles from BMW also include the 2020 M340i, M340i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, X3 M40i, 2020-2021 X4 M40i, 745Le xDrive and 2019-2021 Z4 M40i.

Notification letters are expected to be mailed out to vehicle owners in the country October 1, 2021, according to the agency, and dealers will update the engine management software to rectify the situation free of charge.

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  • s...f on Aug 12, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    ni kalu proton yang ade problem mcm ni, mesti dh teruk kene condemn dengan geng2 patriotik..

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    • hazri on Aug 12, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      hoii supra/bmw ni banyak advance and new technology, harga pun dah sebiji rumah, biasalah kena recall. proton tu dahla murah, banyak problem pulak.

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      • S...f on Aug 13, 2021 at 5:43 pm

        Ye ke bnyk problem.. ko pakai proton ape? Ak pakai 2 biji persona dari 2011 smpai skrg.. engine x prnh rosak, power window x rosak lg.. maintenance kecik.. org yg main pakai pastu x jage maintenance je yg suke condemn ni.. power window motor pon baru rm25 original.. isuzu dmax br 4 tahun pon ade dh rosak power window

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  • Kapten Amerika on Aug 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    It took BMW to do the right thing and recall cars rebadged by another brand out of concerns for the safety of road users. Meanwhile Toyota themselves are clam shut on the recall for their Supra. Again, the Japs never learnt anything, this is the contrast between a responsible brand and an irresponsible one.

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