BMW recalls luxury cars with defective air bags

 

Westwood, N.J. – Feb. 22, 2018 – BMW of North America has recalled a handful of vehicles potentially equipped with defective head air bags, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost luxury sedans produced between Nov. 24, 2017, and Dec. 7, 2017.

BMW estimates that just 4 percent of the recalled models actually contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles may include damaged head air bags that might not inflate properly upon deployment due to out-of-specification headliner installation. This poses a serious risk to passengers as the defect could leave the vulnerable to head trauma in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received any reports connecting the defective safety features to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

BMW quality assurance personnel on Jan. 23, 2018, learned that engineers had discovered a damaged air bag during assembly. The British automaker immediately quarantined and blocked shipment of potentially effected vehicles.

In the days following the initial discovery, BMW conducted several tests to determine the root cause of the damaged air bag and eventually learned that the headliners on the the problematic sedans had been installed incorrectly, interfering with the operation of the safety feature. The car company also reviewed production records to ascertain just how many vehicles might contain nonfunctioning head air bags.

On Jan. 31, 2018, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall. The organizations notified dealers of the action Feb. 7, 2018.

The Solution

BMW directed dealers to inspect and replace the head air bags in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. None of the models involved in this recall have been sold to customers. Therefore, BMW will not be sending out customer notifications. However, any owners with related concerns can contact BMW customer service personnel at (877) 877-3735. They can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using its toll-free vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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BMW recalls luxury cars with defective air bags

 

Westwood, N.J. – Feb. 22, 2018 – BMW of North America has recalled a handful of vehicles potentially equipped with defective head air bags, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost luxury sedans produced between Nov. 24, 2017, and Dec. 7, 2017.

BMW estimates that just 4 percent of the recalled models actually contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles may include damaged head air bags that might not inflate properly upon deployment due to out-of-specification headliner installation. This poses a serious risk to passengers as the defect could leave the vulnerable to head trauma in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received any reports connecting the defective safety features to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

BMW quality assurance personnel on Jan. 23, 2018, learned that engineers had discovered a damaged air bag during assembly. The British automaker immediately quarantined and blocked shipment of potentially effected vehicles.

In the days following the initial discovery, BMW conducted several tests to determine the root cause of the damaged air bag and eventually learned that the headliners on the the problematic sedans had been installed incorrectly, interfering with the operation of the safety feature. The car company also reviewed production records to ascertain just how many vehicles might contain nonfunctioning head air bags.

On Jan. 31, 2018, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall. The organizations notified dealers of the action Feb. 7, 2018.

The Solution

BMW directed dealers to inspect and replace the head air bags in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. None of the models involved in this recall have been sold to customers. Therefore, BMW will not be sending out customer notifications. However, any owners with related concerns can contact BMW customer service personnel at (877) 877-3735. They can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using its toll-free vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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BMW Recalls 3,100 Vehicles to Fix Instrument Panel Lights

CarComplaints.com  – December 7, 2017

BMW Recalls 3,100 Vehicles to Fix Instrument Panel Lights

BMW is recalling more than 3,100 vehicles because of problems with the illumination of the instrument panel lights.
Just as with many recalls from automakers, this one is because of software that contains coding errors.
The 2018 BMW 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, M240i xDrive, M2 and X3 xDrive 30i will need to be taken to dealers to have the software updated.
The problem was first noticed at a BMW assembly plant concerning the illumination of the instrument panel display. The automaker contacted the supplier and BMW learned of numerous incidents with instrument cluster displays, but the root cause was still unknown.
About a month later the supplier tracked down the defect to incorrect coding of the software that runs the instrument cluster lights. Based on U.S. regulations, BMW knew the problem was against the law, hence the reason for the recall…

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BMW recalls i3 electric and hybrid electric vehicles

Consumer Affairs – December 4, 2017

BMW recalls i3 electric and hybrid electric vehicles

BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 32,000 model year 2014-2018 BMW i3 electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
The vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”
Unbelted, small adult drivers may be at a higher risk of neck injury in the event of a front end crash…

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BMW Freezes U.S. Sales of the i3 Electric Hatch and Issues Country-Wide Recall

AutoEvolution  – November 21, 2017

BMW Freezes U.S. Sales of the i3 Electric Hatch and Issues Country-Wide Recall


The i3 was introduced back in 2013 and was the second product in its “i” range of electrified models after the i8 hybrid sports car. Unlike its sibling, the i3 only used a battery pack to power its rear-mounted electric motor, though it did optionally come with a gasoline range-extender to function as an onboard generator.
Largely due to its polarizing design and limited range, the i3 was met with mixed reviews. Some people found its quirkiness appealing while others were put off by its bulldogish appearance. Either way, the i3 failed to be a sales success BMW wished for, failing to turn the Bavarian brand into an important EV player.
Even so, BMW built the 100,000th i3 last month, so while it may not rival Nissan LEAF’s record, that’s still plenty of cars zipping around all over the world. And with the U.S. being the small BMW’s main market, about 30,000 of them can be found within the countries borders…

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BMW recalls 1.4 million vehicles manufactured from 2006-2011, due to potential fire risks

Daily News  – November 6, 2017

BMW recalls 1.4 million vehicles manufactured from 2006-2011, due to potential fire risks

In a pair of recalls, BMW is set to repair more than 1.4 million vehicles in the United States, which are at risk for a fire hazard stemming from an electrical issue.

The larger of the two recalls involves a malfunction in a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve. BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc said the heater is designed to prevent the valve from freezing in cold temperatures, but irregularities in manufacturing can cause corrosion, which leads to overheating of the component. When overheated, the heater can cause the ventilation valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is parked.

Dealers will replace the heater on approximately 740,000 vehicles built from 2007 to 2011. Affected models include the 1 Series (128i), 3 Series (328i with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive), the 5 Series (525i, 528i, 530i – all with RWD or AWD), X3, X5 (xDrive30i), and Z4….

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective crankcases

 

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Nov. 6, 2017 – BMW of North America has recalled more than 740,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective crankcases, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects numerous models, including:

  • 2008-2011 BMW 128I sedans.
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328I sedans.
  • 2007-2011 BMW 525I sedans.
  • 2007-2011 BMW 528I sedans.
  • 2007-2011 BMW 530I sedans.
  • 2007-2011 BMW X3 sport utility vehicles.
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 sport utility vehicles.
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z3 coupes.

The German automaker has yet to indicate what percentage of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

The models included in this action could contain defective crankcases with positive crankcase ventilation valve heaters that are prone to short-circuiting. These features pose a serious threat to occupants, as they increase the risk of fire. This could occur during operation or when the vehicle is stationary and switched off.

Timeline of Events

In early 2009, BMW received a field incident report referencing a 2007 X5 SUV that had sustained heat damage, according to an incident chronology document submitted to the NHTSA. The car company inspected the vehicle and reviewed the information in the report. These inquires failed to yield a root cause. As a result, BMW initiated a field monitoring program. In late 2009, the automaker received another incident report addressing a 2006 BMW 3 Series sedan with heat damage. BMW received additional reports in early 2010 and later determined that many vehicle owners dealing with heat damage had likely extinguished the resulting fires on their own. The organization launched a parts-return program to collect components from the damaged vehicles for testing.

Between 2011 and 2012, the car company performed internal tests on the returned parts using microscopy, ultrasound and X-ray technology. These analyses revealed that the PCV valve heaters in the affected models were prone to degradation. Those that fully broke down were cited as the root cause of the heat damage. Since no injuries or accidents had been reported, BMW chose to hold off on issuing a recall and instead decided to reinitiate field monitoring.

In 2016 and early 2017, BMW Canada revisited the PVC valve heater issue at the request of Transport Canada. Further analyses revealed that affected vehicles could “age out” of the condition. The testing also showed that the damage occurred between the second and eighth year of ownership. With this new information in hand, BMW met with the NHTSA in October 2017 and submitted a Part 579 report detailing ongoing field monitoring, as well as potential mitigation actions that may work in the U.S. market. The automaker then reviewed internal manufacturing and supplier records to determine the extent of the problem.

BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall Oct. 25.

The Solution

BMW intends to direct dealers to replace PCV valve heaters in affected vehicles free of charge. The company plans to notify both dealers and owners Dec. 18. However, owners in need of more immediate assistance can contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417. They can also reach out to the NHTSA directly through its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

Recall Masters  – October 24, 2017

BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

MW of North America has recalled more than 85,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective front passenger-side occupant detection mats, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006-2010 BMW X-3 sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Nov. 20, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2010. The German automaker suspects roughly 9 percent of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective features.

The Defect

The vehicles named in this campaign could contain front passenger-side occupant detection mats prone to fatigue-based cracking. BMW engineers speculate that high volumes of passenger entries and exits, combined with the dimensions of the vehicle floor board area, lead to the development of micro-fissures that eventually interrupt underlying conductive pathways and cause complete failure of the occupant detection system. This poses a serious hazard to passengers, as such a failure may inhibit air bag activation in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features+

 

Westwood, N.J. – Oct. 24, 2017 – BMW of North America has recalled more than 85,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective front passenger-side occupant detection mats, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006-2010 BMW X-3 sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Nov. 20, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2010. The German automaker suspects roughly 9 percent of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective features.

The Defect

The vehicles named in this campaign could contain front passenger-side occupant detection mats prone to fatigue-based cracking. BMW engineers speculate that high volumes of passenger entries and exits, combined with the dimensions of the vehicle floor board area, lead to the development of micro-fissures that eventually interrupt underlying conductive pathways and cause complete failure of the occupant detection system. This poses a serious hazard to passengers, as such a failure may inhibit air bag activation in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Drivers of vehicles with the defective feature often see the passenger air bag off light illuminate, indicating the deactivation of the detection system.

Timeline of Events

In 2008, BMW launched a recall to address defective occupant detection mats installed in vehicles across the U.S. and Canada, according to the NHTSA. The car company introduced a strengthened alloy mat to prevent instances of conductive pathway interruption stemming from wear and tear. Four years later, BMW began fielding owner complaints the pertaining to the improved mat. In these reports, drivers indicated that the new fixtures continued to experience cracking and caused occupant detection system failure. The car company reviewed and validated the complaints, and then issued another voluntary recall Nov. 4, 2013. This campaign affected more than 76,000 vehicles, many of which received newly improved mats made to withstand higher external force application.

In July 2017, BMW issued an amendment to its earlier action, recalling another 2,158 models containing the defective passenger detection mats, according to the NHTSA. These vehicles also received the redesigned mats.

On April 17, 2017, NHTSA personnel contacted BMW and made the company aware of new vehicle owner questionnaires mentioning the defective occupant detection features addressed in the earlier campaigns. The automaker launched an engineering review that included claims analysis and component review activities. On Sept. 21, BMW quality and safety staff reviewed the results of this inquiry and chose to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

The car manufacturer notified owners Sept. 28.

The Solution

BMW has directed owners to replace the front passenger-side occupant detection mats in affected vehicles free of charge, according to a recall acknowledgment document. The company intends to notify owners via first-class mail Nov. 20. Those in need of more immediate assistance can contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417. Owners can also contact the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective seatbelts

Recall Masters -September 8, 2017

BMW recalls vehicles with defective seatbelts

BMW of North America has recalled dozens of vehicles possible equipped with defective seat belt assemblies, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 BMW 4 Series and M4 convertibles with production dates ranging from July 7, 2017 to July 25, 2017. The German automaker suspects 1 percent of the total vehicles named in the recall contain the damaged parts.
The Defect
Affected models are believed to include driver and passenger seat belt assemblies with defective Emergency Locking Retractors, the vehicle-sensitive mechanisms of which may fail due to incompatibility issues. This could inhibit ELR functionality and put occupants at risk during traffic accidents. However, BMW has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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