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Wednesday 28 September 2016
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Recall Roundup: BMW X3, X4 Child Seat Anchors, Hyundai/Kia Hood Latches

Recall Roundup: BMW X3, X4 Child Seat Anchors, Hyundai/Kia Hood Latches

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There are two new BMW recalls to pass along. Both involve crossovers and one involves child seat safety systems.

#1:

The Basics: The largest recall impacts 188,668 U.S. X4 and X4 models. They’re being recalled to fix a child seat anchor bar. The X3s were built between July 2010 and April 15, 2016. The X4s were built between April 2014 and April 15, 2016.

The Issue: BMW says the anchor bar could wear down and become damaged if people use European-style child seats. The issue mainly impacts Europe because of the rigid-style LATCH connectors used by most child seats there. But some child seats in the U.S. are equipped with this rigid-type connector as well, such as the Clek Foonf and Olli, and the Nuna Pippa.

The Fix: Dealers are being instructed to weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars. The recall begins in July. Consumer Reports advises drivers to use seat belts until the recall is performed.

#2:

The Basics: The second BMW recall involves 21,493 2011 X5 and X6 models over a driveshaft issue.

The Issue: The vehicles may have been produced with an out-of-spec seal for the front driveshaft’s U-joint. BMW says water and debris could get into the universal joint on the front driveshaft, causing damage and potential failure.

The fix: Dealers are being instructed to replace the entire front driveshaft. The recall begins in July.


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The Basics: Hyundai and its sister company Kia are both recalling vehicles for problems with hood latches. Kia is recalling 219,800 Kia Sedona minivans from the 2006-2014 model years. Hyundai is recalling 81,000 2016 Tucson crossovers.

The Issue: In both cases, the hood could pop open while driving because the secondary hood latch may not properly secure the hood in place.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch, or in the Sedona’s case, maybe just clean and lubricate the latch, as needed. Both campaigns are set to begin next month.

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