BMW Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbag Inflators

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 17, 2020 – BMW of North America is recalling certain 2000-2013 X1, X3, X5, X6, SUVs, and 1 Series and 3 Series vehicles. Certain affected vehicles could be installed with faulty airbags that explode un-announced, sending dangerous objects and metal at car passengers. 

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 357,000.

The Defect:

Affected vehicles may be installed with fault airbag inflators that, under the pressure of high heat and humidity, could explode sending dangerous metal fragments and objects towards the driver and other vehicle occupants.

 In accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW has released certain years and models that have specific airbag inflator recalls; these include the driver’s-side airbag, driver’s-side airbag inflator, and the passenger side airbag. Below is a released list of the affected vehicles:

Vehicles recalled for driver’s-side airbag replacement:

• 2008 through 2013 BMW 128i and 135i Convertibles and 128i, 135i, and M Coupes

• 2007 through 2010 BMW X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i SUVs

• 2013 through 2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SUVs

• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 coupes

• 2006 through 2011 BMW 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive and M3 sedans

• 2009 through 2011 BMW 335d sedans

• 2006 through 2012 BMW 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive station wagons

• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 335i, 335is, and M3 convertibles

Vehicles recalled for driver’s-side airbag inflator replacement only:

• 2007 through 2013 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs

• 2009 through 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d and 2008 through 2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6M SUVs

• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs

Vehicles recalled for passenger-side airbag replacement:

• 2000 through 2005 BMW 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i, and 330xi sedans, coupes, and wagons

• 2000 through 2006 BMW 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, M3 Convertible, 323Cic, 325Cic, and 330Cic coupes and convertibles

• 2009 through 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel SUVs

• 2008 through 2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SUVs

• 2007 through 2012 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs

• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs

Solution:

BMW asks all affected vehicles owners to bring the recall into any authorized BMW dealership for installment of a new airbag inflator. This recall service will be free of charge. All affected vehicle owners should register their vehicles online to ensure fast and reliable recall service. 

Affected airbag inflators, supplied by Takata, were installed using ammonium nitrate, which, under the extreme cases of heat and humidity, caused the inflators unannounced explosion. Permanent replacements of the airbag inflators will not use ammonium nitrate.

For more information on this or other recalls vehicle owners can contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417 or visit motorsafety.org.

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Marshall EarleyBMW Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbag Inflators

AirBag Inflators May Explode In Certain BMW Vehicles

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Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2000-2005 vehicles equipped with faulty front passenger airbag inflators that could explode when placed under extreme or long-term weather conditions.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 292,948.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i and 330xi
  • 2000-2006 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, 323Cic, 325Cic, 330Cic, and M3 Convertible

The Defect:

BMW is recalling almost 300,000 vehicles who might be equipped with faulty airbag inflators. Previous replacement parts, used to satisfy Takata airbag inflator recalls, contain ammonium nitrate (PSAN and PSPI) which will explode once subjected to high temperatures and long term humidity exposure. The front passenger airbag in affected vehicles could explode and send metal objects toward the car’s occupants.

Solution:

Affected vehicle owners will be notified on the official recall date – March, 6, 2020. Official licensed BMW dealerships will perform the proper repairs in accordance with the recalled parts. This will be free of charge. The appropriate solution is to replace the faulty frontal airbag (passenger side) with another inflator that does not contain ammonium nitrate (PSAN). After the proper repair, inflators should not explode even under long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

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

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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

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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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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

Marshall EarleyBMW Recalls Vehicles – Passenger Air Bag May Explode Without Warning

BMW Recalls Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Airbag Inflators

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Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2006-2015 vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators that could explode sending sharp metal objects towards the driver and other occupants. The previous Takata inflator remedy parts are also under this recall.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 59,965.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2008-2013 128i and 135i Convertibles
  • 128i, 135i, and M Coupes 
  • 2007-2010 X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i 
  • 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2013 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 Coupes
  • 2006-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335ixDrive and M3 
  • 2009-2011 335D, 2006-2012 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive 
  • 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 2007-2013 328i, 335i, 335is, M3 Coupes, X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M
  • 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M

The Defect:

BMW is recalling almost 60,000 vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators. The affected driver frontal inflators are non-desiccated and contained phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) that were used as repair parts for all authorized Takata recalls. Exposed to long periods of humidity and high temperatures, the ammonium nitrate (PSAN) could cause the driver frontal inflator to explode sending sharp metal fragments that could result in serious injury to the vehicle occupants or death.

Solution:

BMW will notify affected vehicle owners by March 6, 2020 when the official recall will begin. All official BMW dealerships will perform the necessary repair free of charge. The repair consists of replacing the previous faulty Takata airbags with an inflator that does not contain ammonium nitrate.

X5 and X6 vehicles will only need the inflator and not the whole apparatus replaced. Owners with further questions regarding their vehicles repairs may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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

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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

Marshall EarleyBMW Recalls Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Airbag Inflators

New BMWs May Have Seat Belt Issue

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 9, 2019 – BMW of North America, LLC is recalling certain 2019-2020 330i and 330i xDrive vehicles. The outboard rear seat belt pre-tensioners may not lock as they are intended to in the event of a crash.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 135.

The Defect

Affected vehicles’ pre-tensioner inflator tubes may not have been crimped while in production. As a result, affected pre-tensioners have not been produced to meet BMW specifications. The issue poses a potential risk because the seat belt pretensioners may fail to lock, causing the occupant to slide forward rapidly and increasing the risk of injury. The seat belt itself, however, will still lock during a crash.

BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries that were caused by this defect.

Timeline of Events

On December 2, 2019, the retractor part supplier, Autolive ASP, Inc, that a pre-tensioner that was out-of-specification was observed during supplier production. According to the supplier, the pre-tensioner lacked a crimp along the circumference of the tube. Further review by Autolive ASP revealed that some defective parts had already shipped and been used in production by BMW. BMW used vehicle assembly information and supplier production records to determine the production dates and vehicle numbers of vehicles that may have defective parts. Affected production dates were determined to be within a range from April, 2019 to December, 2019.  

On December 19, 2019, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall. Certified BMW dealers were notified the next day.  

The Solution

Affected owners will receive a letter on February 10, 2020 by first class mail with information about the recall. Once the letter has been received, vehicles should be brought to a certified BMW Dealer. In order for the process to run smoothly, and to ensure that BMW has all of their information updated, owners are encouraged to register their vehicles online.

To perform the recall, BMW dealers will replace the entire affected rear seat safety belt, free of charge. The process should take about one hour per vehicle.  

Owners can continue to drive their vehicles in the lead up to the recall, however, are encouraged to bring their vehicles to have the problem remedied as some as possible after receiving a notification.

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

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BMW vehicles may unexpectedly shift into neutral

Laguna Hills, CA – Dec. 20, 2019 – BMW of North America LLC is recalling certain 2017-2019 2019-2020 M8 Gran Coupe, M8 Coupe, and M8 Convertible vehicles. The transmission wiring harness can be more easily damaged, causing an electrical short circuit.

The potential number of vehicles affected is estimated at 3,012.

The Defect

According to BMW, the transmission wiring harness can be damaged by both high temperatures and compression from the wiring harness mounting clip, resulting in an electrical short circuit in the transmission wiring harness. The defect is caused by mistakes in the setup of insulation material for the harness, routing, and some of the fastening points of the harness to the transmission housing. A short circuit could cause the vehicle to unexpectedly shift into Neutral while driving. The rapid loss of propulsion may cause a crash. No accidents have been reported that resulted from this defect.  

Timeline of Events

On September 24, 2019, a vehicle’s transmission unexpectedly shifted into Neutral at a BMW assembly plant. The vehicle could not shift back into drive.

Starting in October, BMW performed an engineering and assembly process review, as well as a field incident analysis. The field incident analysis found that the problem had occurred with 18 vehicles worldwide. Final analysis determined the cause of the problem.   

On December 4, 2019 BMW decided to have a voluntary safety recall

The Solution

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail and told to take their vehicles to a certified BMW dealer for repairs, free of charge. Dealers will replace and reroute the transmission wiring harness with new fasteners. Rerouting will occur even if no damage has occurred. The entire process should take about an hour. The repairs will be covered by the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Affected owners are told to wait until they have received their official letter from BMW before making an appointment, to ensure that all dealers have the necessary equipment

Dealers will be notified of the recall beginning December 1, 2019, while owners will be notified February 3, 2020.

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

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BMW recalls several different 1999-2001 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

Laguna Hills, CA – Nov. 26, 2019 – BMW of North America is recalling certain 1999-2001 323i, 325i, 328i and 330i and 2000-2001 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, 323iT, and 325iT vehicles equipped with Takata-manufactured Non-Azide Driver air bag Inflators (NADI). This recall follows Takata’s own recall of the specific NADI units on November 26. 

The potential number of units affected is estimated at 74,185.

The Defect

BMW states that these specific units may have received replacement airbags as part of a vehicle repair. Due to a manufacturing issue, the replacement NADI inflator can absorb moisture, causing the airbag to rupture or underinflate. All listed vehicles may have had these devices installed during repairs. In the event of a crash, a rupture of the inflator can result in dangerous metal fragments hitting drivers and passengers, while an underinflated airbag can fail to shield the occupants properly. These issues increase the risk of serious injury or death. BMW has not provided any guidance on how to ascertain if a vehicle possesses the defective NADI inflators. Owners should exercise caution; a solution is not yet available at this time, and BMW recommends that owners should not utilize their vehicles until safe removal processes are available.

Timeline of Events

On November 26, 2019, manufacturer Takata (TK Global LLC) disclosed that some of their NADI inflators produced from 1995-2000 were defective and issued a recall for all known extant units and vehicles that may contain said units. Later that day, BMW issued a recall for several different classes of vehicle, gradually adding more to the list by the end of the day. BMW North America is currently the only automobile manufacturer to have issued a recall relating to these defective Takata NADI inflators. Recommending that owners do not currently drive their vehicles, BMW is sending interim notices about the risk to owners until January 17, and again when the remedy becomes available.

The Solution

Plans for the removal of the defective NADI inflators have not been finalized. BMW recommends that owners do not operate their vehicles. Owners will be notified when repair and removal services become available for this specific issue. Dealers will inspect any vehicles brought in under suspicion of possessing the defective units. If a BMW vehicle is found to possess these units, they will be replaced free of charge. 

For additional details about this recall, consumers can contact BMW customer service by phone at 1-800-525-7417, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

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BMW recalls SUVs for faulty steering pinion

Laguna Hills, CA – Nov. 8, 2019 – BMW of North America recently determined that it will need to recall 20 of its 2020 light SUV models due to concerns over a defect in the production process for a steering pinion gear, which could lead to increased crash risk.

Of the vehicles in the recall, all but one are 2020 BMW X3 M40i crossover SUVs, and the other is a 2020 BMW X3 M40i. All those light SUVs are expected to have this issue.

The Defect

The affected X3 and X4 SUVs likely contain a steering pinion gear that is suspected to have been produced outside specification, and were made within a two-day span – Sept. 27 and 28, 2019. During the manufacturing process for these components, a supplier likely did not produce the gears with a proper mixing ratio in the quenching bath. As a consequence, the teeth of the pinion gears would not be hard enough to withstand certain driving conditions, and have the potential to break under pressure. That would likely lead to a loss of steering and, consequently, control of the vehicle.

These conditions, in turn, greatly increase the risk of a crash. The recall population was determined based on supplier production data that was then checked against vehicle assembly information on BMW’s end.

Timeline of Events

On Oct. 1, just a few days after these vehicles were produced, BMW of North America received word from the components’ supplier – based in Greenville, South Carolina – that a specific production lot may have contained the steering pinion gears that were not hard enough to meet specification. The auto maker then issued a hold on vehicles that may have been affected, and conducted a review to see if these gears may have been delivered and used in the assembly of any vehicles.

Within a few days, the company found that some vehicles likely had been affected, and identified which ones fell into this population. A little more than a week after receiving the report from the supplier, BMW issued the voluntary recall on Oct. 9, but had not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem in question.

The company notified dealers of the recall Oct. 16, and notified one likely affected owner Oct. 9.

The Solution

To date, only one of the vehicles in the recall had an owner. That person was reached by phone and told not to drive the vehicle until it could be repaired by having the steering pinion gear replaced. The vehicle was transported to a nearby dealership for the remedy shortly thereafter.

Because this was essentially a single-vehicle recall at that point, BMW did not anticipate having to notify any other drivers via first class mail as it normally would in a recall situation. However, if any more of these issues come to light, the repairs would fall under the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty, as the affected light SUVs are all from the 2020 model year. Reimbursement would, therefore, not be necessary.

For additional details about this recall, consumers can contact BMW of North America by phone at 1-800-525-7417, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

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Two BMW models recalled for faulty components

Laguna Hills, CA – Nov. 6, 2019 – BMW of North America recently announced that it will recall two different models – both sedans – due to potentially faulty engine components.

In all, 217 vehicles – 100% of which are expected to contain the defect – are involved in the recall, including:

  • 205 BMW 330i and 330i xDrive four-door sedans from the 2019 and 2020 model years
  • 12 BMW Z4 two-door sedan from the 2020 model year

It is expected that all of the recalled components may not have been produced within specifications.

The Defect

All 217 vehicles in the recall were made with an engine that contains needle roller bearings for counterbalance shafts that may not have been properly installed initially. Specifically, this started during the production process, which may have been out of specification, during set production periods that vary by model. For the 330i and 330i xDrive models in the recall, this lasted from Nov. 22, 2018 to Aug. 26, 2019. For the Z4s, it stretched from May 24, 2018, to April 3, 2019.

Due to the potentially improper installation process, affected needle roller bearings could lead to the counterbalance shaft loosening, causing severe engine damage. That, in turn, could lead to the engines in recalled vehicles shutting down, increasing the risk of a crash. Drivers would be able to notice if this happened to their vehicles because there would be a loud noise emanating from the engine compartment.

Timeline of Events

In May 2019, BMW was made aware of two separate instances in which drivers of affected vehicles heard the aforementioned noises, right before their vehicles broke down. The first of these involved a 2019 3 Series sedan that had been made in February, and the second, involving a vehicle outside the U.S., was made in April. Both vehicles had low mileages, and the engines were flagged for return, tear down and analysis. 

In June, BMW of North America conducted an engineering review  of both engines and initially found that the counterbalance shaft’s needle roller bearings may have been to blame for the breakdowns. Further analysis included looking into the production process while the company continued to monitor other vehicles in the field.

During that analysis period, another similar breakdown, this time including a 5 Series sedan that was made in May, occurred in September.

The engineering review eventually found that the press-in force for some needle roller bearings of the counterbalance shafts was smaller than specified, and engine production records indicated which of these components were affected by the defect based on production dates. That, in turn, allowed BMW to determine which vehicles to recall, and the voluntary order itself was made on Oct. 8.

To date, the company has not gotten any reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect.

The Solution

Owners of affected vehicles will be asked to bring their vehicles to authorized BMW dealers to have the engines replaced free of charge. These changes will be covered by the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty program and therefore will not require reimbursement.

Dealers received notification of the recall on Oct. 15, and owners should get letters via First Class mail on or around Dec. 6.

For additional information about this recall, consumers can contact BMW of North America by phone at 1-800-525-7417, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

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BMW Launches Massive Recall Due to Backup Camera Glitch

Laguna Hills, CA – Oct. 23, 2019 – BMW of North America is poised to recall an extraordinarily large number of models due to a backup camera system snafu that may prevent motorists from seeing what’s behind them while shifting into reverse. Affecting potentially as many as nearly 257,500, a handful of the models that may contain this camera glitch include the 540d, 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, Rolls Royce Phantom, 530 ixDrive, 540i xDrive, X3 sDrive, X3, M40i, X3 M and Z4 sDrive models. The problematic  population all have model years between 2018 and 2020.

Motorists affected by this BMW recall are urged to bring their vehicle to a local BMW dealer so the system can be updated with the appropriate software. There will be no charge for the repair if one is required.

The Defect

As documented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW intends to recall an estimated 257,481 2018-2020 model year vehicles because the backup camera can be manipulated in such a way that prevents the display from appearing on the driver’s screen. In addition to the 2020 Toyota Supra and 2018-2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan and Phantom, over 20 BMW models may have faulty backup cameras in place. These included but aren’t limited to the following:

  • 330i
  • 530e
  • 530i
  • 540d
  • 540i
  • 640i
  • 740 Le
  • 740Li
  • 745 i3
  • 750Li
  • 840i
  • M340i
  • M5
  • M550i
  • M850i

Multiple X models, as well as the Z4, are also a part of the recalled BMW model population. 

Timeline of Events

In mid May, NHTSA’s Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance reached out to BMW in order to obtain details on the performance of the automaker’s X4, specifically in terms of how the rearview camera system was functioning from an overall performance standpoint. Roughly three weeks later, BMW provided the OVSC with an exhaustive report of the backup camera unit, which led to a meeting regarding compliance rule FMVSS 111.

The minutes from this confab revealed that the units may be out of compliance, specifically Section 5.5.6 of FMVSS 111, which pertains to rear visibility. In 2014, NHTSA mandated that all 2018 models have backup cameras as standard inclusions to guard against the potential for serious injury, particularly to young children who may be out of motorists’ view when putting their cars in reverse. Concerned that other backup cameras may be out of compliance aside from certain X models, BMW decided to launch a voluntary recall on additional models for which there was sufficient evidence to suggest they may be compromised. It’s possible that all of the 257,481 automobiles involved may contain this flaw.

Some of the models affected by this BMW backup camera recall also have other separate safety recalls in effect. For example, a small portion of M340i models may have rear headrests that could fold down improperly during operation. Additionally, M40i vehicles are subject to a voluntary recall over a seat defect that appears to emanate from a welding issue.

The Solution

The fix appears to be as simple as updating the software that’s used to make the backup camera functional. Motorists thusly advised by first-class mail are encouraged to bring their car to a dealer so these units can be fully inspected. The software refresh will come at no cost. Operators can expect to receive a notification in late November or December, as the automaker intends to distribute the notices starting Nov. 19.

For more information on the BMW backup camera recall or others announced by different manufacturers, visit MotorSafety.org. Be sure to have your VIN information available, which you can use to see if your car is subject to an existing recall.

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