BMW has been forced to recall 200,00 vehicles owing to a faulty passenger airbag
14 August 2008

BMW has announced a recall for 200,000 of its 3-Series, 5-Series and X3 models in America due to a problem with the front passenger airbag deployment.

The fault specifically affects vehicles fitted with optional M Sport seats, which develop cracks in their leather over time, damaging the airbag sensor under the seat. BMW says it’s possible that passengers will not be detected, and that the passenger airbag will therefore not be deployed.

A spokesman for BMW UK said, “The recall is only affecting the North American models as their airbag systems are different to those found on the UK and European spec BMWs.”

Ian Tonkin

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?