As you may have read in the news, government investigators in Germany have been visiting certain car companies recently and the BMW Group is one of them. The carmaker confirms that the Munich public prosecutor has opened an investigation regarding a software update which had been mistakenly allocated to around units of 11,400 750d and M550d models. Two offices of the BMW Group were searched by employees of the prosecutor’s office yesterday.
“As previously communicated, in the course of internal testing, the BMW Group realized that a correctly developed software module had been allocated in error to models for which it was not suited. Therefore, the BMW Group plans to recall 11,400 vehicles, for which a corrected software will be made available as soon as it has been approved by the relevant authorities,” a statement from the company says.
The statement added that the BMW Group takes the situation very seriously and has a significant interest in the circumstances being fully explained. The company is co-operating fully with the authorities. In addition, the company had already started an internal investigation and will obviously forward all information gathered so far to the authorities.
The BMW Group continues to assume that the situation was caused by an incorrect allocation of the software and does not represent a deliberate attempt to manipulate exhaust emissions. Many of the affected cars were initially sold with the correct software and ran correctly for over 2 years. The incorrect software was employed a significant time after these models originally started production.