• Jul 15, 2009
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A potential fault with the side airbags fitted to 2008 BMW 1- and 3-Series cars has lead to a recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Apparently, possible fitment of the wrong crimp connector can cause the airbag not to properly deploy.

In a separate recall, 2009 model year BMW X5 and X6 crossovers are also being called back to dealers, as they may have been fitted with rear brake discs that don't meet specifications. In extreme cases, the flaw could cause the rear disc to break, which would obviously then hurt the vehicle's ability to stop.

Unusually, the number of vehicles possibly covered under the actions has not been released, and BMW has not yet released the protocol for either repair. In any case, you can contact the company or NHTSA for more information. Complete information can be found in the NHTSA notices after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA -- 1-Series / 3-Series, X5 / X6]

NHTSA BULLETIN

Vehicle Make / Model: BMW / 1 SERIES, BMW / 3 SERIES
Model Year(s): 2008

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 01, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V257000
Component: AIR BAGS: FRONTAL

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING MY 2008 1-SERIES AND 3- SERIES PASSENGER CARS. INCORRECT CRIMP CONNECTORS MAY HAVE BEEN USED ON THE SIDE AIR BAG AND BELT TENSIONER WIRING. AS A RESULT SUFFICIENT CONTACT BETWEEN THE CRIMP CONNECTORS AND THE CORRESPONDING PLUG MAY NOT OCCUR WHICH COULD LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN THE ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE OF THAT CONNECTION.

Consequence:
IF THAT HAPPENED, IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE SIDE AIR BAG AND/OR THE SAFETY BELT TENSIONER NOT TO DEPLOY AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT AN OCCUPANT, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.

Remedy:
THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY OR NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .




Vehicle Make / Model: BMW / X5, BMW / X6
Model Year(s): 2009

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr's Report Date: JUN 25, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V255000
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING MY 2009 X5 AND X6 VEHICLES. THE REAR BRAKE DISCS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED ACCORDING TO SPECIFICATIONS. AS A RESULT, A REDUCTION IN BRAKING PERFORMANCE AT THE AFFECTED REAR WHEEL COULD OCCUR.

Consequence:
IN AN EXTREME CASE, THE AFFECTED REAR BRAKE DISC COULD BREAK RESULTING IN A LOSS OF BRAKING AT THAT WHEEL INCREASING STOPPING DISTANCES AND THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY OR NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently it's not safe to drive a car that's pregnant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks like an old wiener dog from the side, with his belly dragging on the floor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All you people bitching about how crappy it looks make your choices about what takes greatest priority. With the engine and a smaller chassis, I couldn't give a damn, this car is perfect for those who want decent performance in a small sized coupe. If another manufacturer is offering the same sort of deal: 3 litre, 6 cyl, twin-turbo in something that isn't too large for my liking (I don't want a 335i for this reason), give me a shout.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about recalling the 1 series and X6 over ugly concerns?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is punked. It's like soy beans in my hamburger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It really seems like the 1 and 3 series are just built like utter crap lately. Check out carsurveys or anyone you know with a recent BMW.

      My mother just bought one after having wanting one for a decade since her last one. It has had a number of problems! The engines and driveline may still be good, but they're really slacking on everything else lately.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but... it is a BMW, after all. That alone should make the trouble worth it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1-series should be recalled for unsafe (causes gag reflex) body design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 1-series is a styling failure to these eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hells no, the 1-series is the only attractive BMW I've seen in ages and one of the only ones I'd be willing to be seen driving.

        Looks great in white/black. Seen them on the road. Wonderful little cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mechanically -- an awesome car. But I just can not get over that banana lower body. Just can't. :-/
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