BMW has recalled about 150,000 vehicles to fix a possible auto part defect that may prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying during an auto accident. According to a Reuters news report, this voluntary recall involves the front passenger airbag seat sensor mat in some of the 2004 to 2006 model year vehicles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), following an investigation said that there were 200,000 of these BMWs with defective airbags in North America. In response, the German auto maker says 50,000 of these vehicles already received new sensor mats, which work the way they’re supposed to.
BMW models that will be affected by this recall include the 2006 3-Series, 2004-06 5-Series and 2004-06 X3 vehicles. Expect the recall letters to arrive in your mailbox starting in late September. They say car owners affected by this recall may continue to drive their vehicles unless the airbag warning lamp and passenger airbag “on-off” lamp illuminate at the same time.
Vehicle manufacturing defects do happen. Sometimes, manufacturers issue recalls and offer to fix the problem for free. If you believe you own a defective vehicle or a lemon that you’ve tried to fix, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver to find out how you can get rid of your California lemon auto and obtain a refund or a replacement vehicle in its place.