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BMW Issues Recall Due to Passenger Airbag Deployment Problems

by William J. “Will” Maiberger, Jr. on 12/27/2013

BMW has issued a recall for certain model year 2013 X3 xDrive 28i/35i vehicles that were manufactured between February 11, 2013, and February 27, 2013.  The tear seam on the instrument panel was not manufactured correctly causing serious issues during an airbag deployment.  The passenger side airbag may or may not fully inflate during an accident, and due to the faulty seam, shrapnel may fly out from the airbag compartment at the passenger and other occupants during a collision. 

BMW states that it has notified owners of defective vehicles. The instrument panel will be replaced for free in any affected vehicle.

If you have a 2013 X3 and did not receive a letter from BMW regarding the recall, you may call BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.  You 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.

Last year, BMW issued the largest recall in company history – a worldwide recall of 1.3 million 5-Series and 6-Series vehicles.  BMW found that battery mounts in the trunk had been wired incorrectly.  While affected vehicles suffered ignition failures, the real concern was fire risk.  The faulty wiring left vehicles at high risk for flash fires in the trunk.

In February of this year, the BMW battery mount recall was reissued in the United States and Canada.  Approximately 500,000 vehicles were still left on the roads with faulty trunk mounts and an increased risk of fire. 

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