The 2007-’11 BMW X5 Among Vehicles Recalled for Defective Takata Airbags

WASHINGTON — BMW of North America is recalling 91,806 SUVs for defective Takata front-passenger airbag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The vehicles are:

  • 2008-’11 BMW X6 xDrive35i
  • 2008-’11 BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • 2008-’11 BMW X6 M
  • 2010-’11 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
  • 2007-’11 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-’11 BMW X5 XDrive35i
  • 2007-’11 BMW X5 xDrive48i
  • 2007-’11 BMW X5 xDrive50i
  • 2007-’11 BMW X5 M
  • 2009-’11 BMW X5 xDrive35d

“In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.”

There are no reported injuries or deaths linked to this expanded recall, BMW told federal safety regulators.

BMW also said it is not aware of any test ruptures in ballistic testing or confirmed field incidents in the subject inflators.

BMW dealers will replace the passenger front airbag inflator or airbag module. The recall is expected to begin on July 18. Owners can contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Edmunds says: This recall does not begin for several weeks. Owners of these vehicles should stay in close touch with their dealer for the latest information on parts availability.

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