BMW recall over 6,000 BMW i3s and Minis in US

BMW are recalling 6,073 vehicles in the US due to a manufacturing issue with the front airbag module.

The 2014-2015 BMW i3, 2014 – 2016 MINI Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works two-door and four-door models are affected.

The recall comes because the airbag components haven’t been made correctly due to a manufacturing error. This results in the airbags possibly not deploying correctly in a low-speed collision.

BMW stated that: “Due to a supplier error, internal components of the air bag inflator were not assembled as specified.”

This means that in the event of a crash, the front passenger airbag does not deploy properly and increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger. Due to the issue the affected vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard “Occupant Crash Protection”.

BMW have stated they aren’t aware of any accidents or injuries from the problem, but it is still a safety concern to them hence the recall.

BMW and Mini will notify owners of the affected vehicles and dealers will replace the passenger front airbag module, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin on November 20, 2015 and customers will be notified about the issue by first-class mail in November.

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