Air Bags May Not Activate During a Crash in Recalled BMW 5 Series Vehicles

The affected vehicles may have a replacement Sensor Cluster Unit with an acceleration sensor that may have been incorrectly programmed

Air Bags May Not Activate During a Crash in Recalled BMW 5 Series Vehicles
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December 8, 2016

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2011 BMW 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i, and 550xi vehicles.

The affected vehicles may have received a replacement Sensor Cluster Unit (SCU) during a service visit. These SCUs have an acceleration sensor that may have been incorrectly programmed and, as a result, the SCU may not accurately determine if activation and deployment of the air bags, safety belt pre-tensioners, and head restraints is necessary in the event of a crash.

Depending on the severity of the crash, inadequate activation of the driver and/or passenger air bags, safety belt pre-tensioners, and active head restraints may increase the risk of injury.

The approximately 91 vehicles impacted by this recall were manufactured from March 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the SCU on the affected vehicles, free of charge.

For additional information on this recall, owners can contact BMW customer service by calling (800) 525-7417.