BMW Recalls 150,000 Vehicles for Airbag Sensor Fix
FRANKFURT, GERMANY– BMW will recall around 150,000 vehicles in North America to fix a possible defect that may keep the front passenger airbag from openingin a crash. The voluntary recall concerns the front passenger airbag seatsensor mat in certain 2004-2006 model year vehicles, according towww.reuters.com.
U.S. traffic safety regulators had referred to 200,000 such vehicles, but thespokesman said 50,000 of them had already received new mats that functionproperly. Models affected include certain 2006 3-Series, 2004-06 5-Series and2004-06 X3 vehicles.
BMW said it would start sending letters to customers inlate-September and that affected owners could continue to drive their vehiclesunless the airbag warning lamp and the passenger airbag ‘on-off’ lampilluminated simultaneously.
The spokesman said BMW procured the sensor mats from the VDOautomotive electronics business that Continental AG bought last year fromSiemens.