BMW Recalls Vehicles – Passenger Air Bag May Explode Without Warning

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Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2007-2012 vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators that could possibly explode when placed under high humidity and heat. Previous interim parts used to replace Takata inflators are also under recall.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 4,007.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2009-2012 X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2012 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M 
  • 2007-2012 X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M 
  • 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid

The Defect:

BMW is recalling over 4,000 vehicles due to risk of unintended airbag deployment. Affected vehicles are equipped with a non-desiccated, front airbag that contains ammonium nitrate propellant (PSPI-2); a propellant used to satisfy previous Takata inflator recalls. Under long-term high temperatures and humidity the ammonium nitrate propellant (PSPI-2) will explode, sending large metal fragments and shards towards the driver and other vehicle passengers, resulting in serious injuries and possible death.

Solution:

BMW will notify affected vehicle owners when the official recall beginnings, which is March 6, 2020. Any officially licensed BMW dealership will perform the proper inflator repairs, free of charge. The repair will include a replacement front airbag inflator that does not include ammonium nitrate (PSPI-2). This repair will allow airbag inflators to remain intact under long-term high humidity and temperatures. BMW asks that any owner suspecting their vehicle is under recall should call BMW customer service at 1-800-535-7417 or visit the nearest authorized BMW dealership.

For more information on this and other recalls, visit www.motorsafety.org.

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