The Basics: A non-Takata related air bag issue is prompting BMW to recall its new flagship 7-Series and issue a stop-sale order for those on dealer lots. The recall impacts 26,000 vehicles globally that were built before December 11th, 2015. In the U.S., the recall impacts 6,110 vehicles from the 2016 model year: the 740Li, 750Li, and 750 Lxi.
The Issue: BMW says they may have a defective air bag control module that could short circuit. If so, it could cause the inflator’s control module to not work properly, meaning it may not deploy in the event of crash.
There are no reports of faulty deployments, but the automaker says it is recalling them as a precautionary measure. Continental AG is the air bag supplier in this case. BMW blames the problems on an error in Continental AG’s manufacturing process. To date, BMW says its built 47,000 new 7-Series models.
The Fix: U.S. owners will receive recall letters in May. The fix will take up to four hours at a dealership at no cost to owners. For official recall documents head to the NHTSA’s SaferCar.gov website.
The Basics: A big recall from General Motors. The automaker is recalling more than 1 million trucks worldwide to fix a seat belt flaw, most of those pickups in the U.S. Here are the trucks we’re talking about: 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The recall involves certain 1500 models and a total of 895,232 vehicles in the U.S. GM has also issued a stop-sale of approximately 3,000 new 2014 and 2015 model year pickups still on dealer lots.
The Issue: The problem is that the flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can separate over time as a result of the driver repeatedly bending the cable when entering the seat. If that happens, the seat belt might not hold in the event of a crash. GM says it discovered the issue through warranty data, and there have been no reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the problem.
The Fix: GM says dealers will enlarge the side shield opening, install a bracket on the tensioner, and if necessary, replace the tensioner assembly. Customers will be notified by General Motors. They also can look up their vehicle identification number (VIN) here to see if their vehicle is part of the recall.
The Basics: Toyota is recalling approximately 16,880 Model Year 2016 Avalon and 41,630 model Year 2016 Camry sedans due to a non-Takata related airbag issue.
The Issue: The front passenger seat is equipped with an Occupant Classification System which activates/deactivates the front passenger air bag system, depending on how much an occupant weighs. Toyota says there is a possibility that some vehicles may not have received proper OCS calibration during the manufacturing process. With the improper calibration, under some conditions, the front passenger airbag and the front passenger knee airbag may not deploy as designed in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury to a front seat passenger.
The Fix: All known owners of the affected Toyota vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota dealers will re-calibrate the Occupant Classification System. For more information head to Toyota’s recall site.