BMW recalls almost every car produced since 2018 – plus two Rolls-Royce models and a single Toyota – to fix a small problem with the rear view camera. The problem is not associated with accidents or injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said car drivers could reduce the brightness of the screen to such an extent that the footage of the reversing camera is no longer visible. This is equivalent to reducing the brightness of your smartphone. If you step outside in broad daylight, you may not see what is displayed on the screen, and you may think the device is off. Modern phones usually have built-in light sensors that make the screen brighter. In vehicles, however, this feature is missing, so that the reversing camera is unusable if motorists do not find the opportunity to increase the brightness again.
The scope of the recall is impressive. It includes the usual suspects like the 3 Series, the 5 Series, the X5 and the X6. New in the range of the company include the 8 and the X7. BMW owns Rolls-Royce, so the Phantom and Cullinan also have to get new software. The 2020 Toyota Supra is on the list because it shares many parts with the BMW Z4.
There are no mini models on the list of cars included in the recall, which is surprising. The British company is part of the BMW empire, and the two automakers often share components. The electric i3 and the plug-in hybrid i8 are also spared.
BMW is not the first automaker to encounter this problem. Nissan has recalled 1.2 million 2018 and 2019 model cars to fix a similar issue in September 2019. The campaign included numerous models, from the GT-R supercar to the NV200. Three Infiniti vehicles were also affected.