BMW Recalling More Than 85,000 X3 Vehicles at Risk of Air Bag Failure

The front passenger seat occupant detection mat may fatigue and develop cracks

BMW Recalling More Than 85,000 X3 Vehicles at Risk of Air Bag Failure
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October 17, 2017

A potentially serious air bag defect has prompted BMW of North America to recall approximately 85,300 model year 2006-2010 BMW X3 2.5i, X3 3.0i and X3 xDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicles.

What's the problem?

On the affected vehicles, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat—which determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy during a crash—may fatigue and develop cracks, which could lead to a system failure.

Should the system fail, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash.

What happens next?

BMW will notify owners of the recalled vehicles beginning in mid-November 2017. Dealers will then replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat free of charge.

Vehicle owners with additional questions or concerns about this recall can contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.