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Recall 17V428000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Does Not Deploy In An Accident

Recall Details

The passenger occupant detection system mat in the passenger seat may deteriorate over time, resulting in the passenger frontal air bag not deploying as needed in an accident. Dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack and will replace it as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

During an accident when the passenger frontal air bag should deploy to protect vehicle occupants, it may not deploy as needed due to deterioration of the passenger occupant detection mat. This would cause increased risk of occupant injury.

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 September, 2017. 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., July 06, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 06, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
2,158
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V428000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
BMW of North America, Inc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, and 550i vehicles equipped with the Sport Seat option and certain 2006 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i vehicles with standard seats. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.
Consequence
Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 1, 2017. 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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