Safety Recall 23V-118 Body Domain Controller (BDC) – 2022-2023 BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, i4

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February 23, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V118000

Unlocked Door May Open During Crash

Doors that do not lock as intended while the vehicle is in motion may open during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V118

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC


Potential Number of Units Affected 120



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2023 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i, M340i xDrive, M3, 330e, 330e xDrive, 430i Convertible, 430i xDrive, M440i, 2022-2023 430i, 430i xDrive, M440i xDrive, i4 eDrive40, and i4 M50 vehicles. During a service visit, a replacement electronic control unit (ECU) may have been installed with incorrect programming, which can cause the automatic door locking (ADL) function to not lock the doors as intended.



Dealers will update the ECU software, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed April 10, 2023. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


Check if your BMW has a Recall


SIB 61 04 23


This Service Information Bulletin (Revision 1) replaces SI B61 04 23 dated February 2023.

What’s New (Specific text highlighted):

  • New SIB title
  • All sections new or revised except Model, Affected Vehicles and Situation
  • Attached updated Recall notice and BDC-FAQ





E-Series Model Description Production Date
G20 3 Series Sedan August 1, 2022 – November 16, 2022
G22 4 Series Coupe July 27, 2022 – October 24, 2022
G23 4 Series Convertible July 13, 2022
G26 4 Series Gran Coupe; i4 Gran Coupe September 8, 2021 – November 15, 2022
G80 M3 Sedan July 6, 2022 – December 2, 2022



Vehicles which require this campaign to be completed will show it as “Open” when checked either in AIR, AWP, Campaign Summary or Warranty Vehicle Inquiry.

Please make sure you check your dealer inventory as soon as possible. You can see a list of affected vehicles in Inventory Campaign Details (ICD) under ROSS.



BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective February 23, 2023) on certain Model Year 2022 2023 BMW vehicles that were produced between September 8, 2021 and December 2, 2022.

During a BMW center service visit in which the Body Domain Controller (BDC) was replaced, a necessary vehicle programming and coding update may not have occurred.

If this happened, the Automatic Door Lock (ADL) function would no longer be set to “default on”. This could lead to an unlocked door condition which, in certain severe crashes, could allow a door to open.

The Recall Notice and Q&A have been attached for further information.



As part of a service visit, a new Body Domain Controller (BDC) control unit was installed on the affected vehicles. As a result, the “Lock after starting to drive” function may not have been activated again and is therefore no longer available.



Perform a vehicle data reset through the Central information display (CID).  Note: Programming of the control unit is not required for this repair



Perform a short test drive to check the “Lock after starting to drive” function. This automatically locks the vehicle doors at a speed of 10 mph or more.

If the function is currently active, everything is in order and the technical action has been completed.

If the doors do not lock automatically above 10 mph, the vehicle data must be reset through the CID. Follow the procedure below for your vehicle’s operating system.


Procedure for BMW Operating System 7

  • Select “CAR”
  • Select “Settings”
  • Select “General Setting”
  • Select “Reset Vehicle Data”
  • Select and perform “Reset Vehicle Data”


Procedure for BMW Operating System 8

  • Select “MENU”
  • Select “Vehicle apps”
  • Select “System Settings”
  • Select “Reset Vehicle Data”
  • Select and perform “Reset Vehicle Data”


After resetting the vehicle data, perform a short test drive to verify the “Lock after starting to drive” function is operating at a speed of 10mph or more.


Important Note:

When the vehicle data is reset, all of the customer’s personalized settings in the vehicle are deleted.

Personal settings in the BMW cloud are retained. After the measure has been carried out, the customer must log in to the vehicle again using his/her BMW ID in order to download it from the BMW Cloud.

For customers without a personalized profile, it may be necessary to create a profile and save it in the BMW Cloud before the measure is carried out.

Please inform the customer about the deleted personal settings.

Further information can be found in the Integrated Owner’s Manual, chapter “Reset vehicle data”.



Parts are not required for this repair.


Safety Recall
Body Domain Controller
Model Year 2022-2023
BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, i4
Issue Date:  02/23/2023


Q1. Which BMW Group models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall?

Certain Model Year 2022-2023 BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, and i4 models in the US are potentially affected.


Q2. What is the specific issue?

During a dealer service visit, in which the Body Domain Controller (BDC) was replaced, a necessary vehicle programming and coding update may not have occurred.  If this happened, the Automatic Door Lock (ADL) function would no longer be set to “default on”.  This could lead to an unlocked door condition which, in certain severe crashes, could allow a door to open.


Q3. Why are other models / vehicles not included in this Safety Recall?

Other models which had a BDC replaced during a dealer service visit were appropriately updated.


Q4. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes. However, when you are notified by BMW of this Safety Recall, please contact an authorized BMW center to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.


Q5. How did BMW Group become aware of the issue?

BMW Group became aware of the issue through its quality control procedures.


Q6. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be notified via First Class mail and requested to schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have the remedy performed. Owners can locate their nearest authorized BMW center at

To ensure BMW has the most up-to-date contact and vehicle information, owners should register their vehicle at  Registration is free and will give them access to other information specific for their BMW vehicle.  Alternatively,  owners can visit and click on “Manage recall notices and contact information”.


Q7. How will my vehicle be remedied?

Potentially affected vehicles will have the appropriate setting check and rest, if necessary, for free and should take about one hour.


Q8. Do I have to wait for BMW to contact me to have the remedy performed?

Yes.  We are in the process of implementing this Safety Recall to ensure that the necessary parts, tools, and procedures are available.  For the latest updates to this recall, please visit


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Chronology :

In May 2022, a complaint was received pertaining to the functionality of the Automatic Door Locking (ADL) feature. A review found that a warranty claim had been processed involving replacement of the Body Domain Controller (BDC) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) on a Model Year 2022 BMW 4 Series.

During the latter half of 2022, additional warranty claims involving BDC ECU replacement were received and processed. As additional claims occurred, it was suggested that an analysis be undertaken to determine if BDC ECU replacement affected ADL functionality. By the end of 2022, approximately 27 claims involving ADL functionality became known.

In early 2023, an engineering review was initiated to understand if the BDC ECU warranty claims related to ADL functionality might have an effect upon vehicle performance in a crash. A review of regulatory requirements was performed. A review of test results indicated that FMVSS 214 requirements were met. The engineering review indicated that, in certain severe crashes, it could be possible for an unlocked door to open subsequent to the crash impact event.

Vehicle assembly information and dealer service records were reviewed to determine the number and production dates of potentially affected vehicles.

On February 15, 2023, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

BMW has not received any reports, nor is BMW otherwise aware, of any accidents or injuries that may be related to this issue.


10 Affected Products


BMW 330E 2023
BMW 330I 2023
BMW 430I 2022-2023
BMW I4 2022-2023
BMW M3 2023
BMW M340I 2023
BMW M440I 2022-2023


8 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V118-9516.PDF 219.157KB


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V118-0454.pdf 229.373KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V118-1362.pdf 645.341KB


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-23V118-7082.pdf 769.855KB

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Miscellaneous Document – Model Year 2022-2023 BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, i4 Body Domain Controller (BDC) In-Car / In-App Communication – Safety Recall Reminder 18 Jul 2023

RMISC-23V118-5076.pdf 30.799KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2023-2

RCLQRT-23V118-9070.PDF 211.132KB


Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2023-3

RCLQRT-23V118-9674.PDF 211.366KB


Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-4

RCLQRT-23V118-5500.PDF 211.448KB


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