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Recall 16V683000

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Separates Causing Metal To Strike Occupants

Recall Details

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may not be welded properly and may separate upon air bag deployment. This would cause metal fragments to strike occupants, causing injury or death. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may not be welded properly and may separate when the air bag deploys in an accident. This would cause metal to strike vehicle occupants, possibly resulting in serious injury or death.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in November, 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., September 21, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 21, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
3,606
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V683000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
BMW of North America, LLC. (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i, X3 xDrive28d, X4 xDrive28i and X4 xDrive35i vehicles, and model year 2014-2015 X5 xDrive35i, X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, and 2014 X5 xDrive35d vehicles. The affected vehicles have a driver's frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded.
Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 11, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Notify
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 www.safercar.gov.
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