923 BMW i3s Affected By Airbag Recall

OCT 22 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 2

BMW i3

BMW i3

The Takata airbag-related recalls continue to pour in.

This latest one affects a small number of 2014 & 2015 BMW i3s.

From the various notices posted on the NHTSA website, we’ve confirmed that only 923 i3s are affected by the recall, but several Mini models are included:

“BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

This is the second time that the i3 has been recalled for airbag-related issues. The first recall affected only a single i3.

More details on the recall are posted below:

RECALL Subject : Passenger Frontal Air Bag May not Deploy Properly
Report Receipt Date: OCT 07, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V628000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,073
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW I3 2014-2015
MINI COOPER 2014-2016
MINI COOPER S 2014-2016
MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS 2015-2016

Details

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a vehicle crash, an air bag that does not deploy properly increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.

REMEDY:
MINI and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 20, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

BMW Statement:

BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 923 BMW i3 vehicles to replace the passenger-side front airbag module.

Due to a supplier error in the manufacturing process, internal components of the air bag inflator were not assembled as specified. In a low speed crash in which the passenger-side front air bag deploys, inappropriate air bag restraint may be provided to the passenger, increasing the risk of injury.

Owners and lessees of affected vehicles will be notified via First Class mail. The passenger-side front air bag module will be replaced free of charge.

The company is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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Tesla is next……..lol

Last week I had an accident on my I3 2014 The car has been labeled demolished by BMW collision center. None of the airbags deployed. Be careful