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

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