BMW of North America is having airbag troubles of its own.
The company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on March 23, 2017 of a potential problem with certain 2017 BMW X5 models.
These vehicles use passenger frontal airbag modules with faulty inflators that could malfunction in a crash. BMW said the inflators can possibly not vent correctly. If the inflator cannot vent properly, the inflator can rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material into the passenger cabin, resulting in injury or death to the vehicle’s occupants.
BMW said they haven’t yet determined the root cause of the problem and are still investigating.
Key Safety Systems, Inc. of Sterling Heights, Michigan manufactures the component in question. The issue is unrelated to the similar but separate issues surrounding Takata airbag deployment systems. The still-ongoing Takata recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history affecting 42 million vehicles in America.
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According to BMW, the recall affects only 36 vehicles. Affected models include the 2017 BMW X5 sDrive35i, 2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i, 2017 BMW X5 xDrive50i, 2017 BMW X5 xDrive35d, and 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e. BMW owners can call the company’s customer service line at 1-800-525-7417 if they have questions. They can also visit the NHTSA’s website, and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
The manufacturer of your vehicle is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, says you cannot be charged for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide the loss value of your recalled vehicle, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.