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BMW recalls several models for air bag issue

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BMW North America has announced a recall concerning several of their vehicles for an air bag issue. In all, 76,565 of the following vehicles are a part of the latest BMW recall:

  • 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans and 325xi sports wagons
  • 2007 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi sedans and 328i and 328xi sports wagons
  • 2006-2007 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i sedans and 530xi sports wagons
  • 2006 760i sedans
  • 2006-2007 750i, 750Li, and 760Li sedans
  • 2006 X5 sports activity vehicles

More specifically, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may fatigue over time, as well as develop cracks. This may lead to the mat not working properly. The detection mat is used to determine whether or not the front passenger air bag should deploy in the event of a collision, as determined by the crash sensors. In the event of a collision, if it were not to deploy, it could increase the risk of the front passenger sustaining injuries. Thus far, the German automaker has not reported any accidents or injuries as a result of the defect.

The latest BMW recall will have the automaker send out what is known as an "interim notification letter", which will let owners know when the parts to remedy the situation will be available. Although the letter will be sent out in January 2014, parts are expected by March of next year. Once they're available, BMW will then send out another letter, instructing them to contact their local BMW dealer, so that they can repair the occupant detection mat at no charge.

Moreover, owners of the following vehicles will receive an extended warranty on their occupant detection mat at no charge to them:

  • 2006-2007 3 Series with standard seats
  • 2006-2007 5 Series with comfort seats,
  • 2006-2007 Z4 models

Source: eNews Park Forest

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