BMW iX recalled again, this time due to airbag fault
The bmw ix has been in the news quite a bit since the start of 2023, but not much for the reasons the German carmaker prefers. Weeks after the battery-powered SUV was recalled for random power failure and also too quietit is currently under scrutiny for improper deployment of the airbag.
Campaign, February 14 every National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, mentions that the driver-side airbags on the iX and X1 2022 and 2023 may have been defective by a BMW supplier. To be clear, this is not one of those Takata-esque, recover shrapnel airbags. The problem in this case is that the airbags on the affected vehicles – an estimated 1% of the recalled group – may not deploy to the intended trajectory, limiting their effectiveness in the event of a crash. collision occurs.
According to the official Safety recall report, the driver-side airbags of both SUVs still meet federal requirements even with this defect, but BMW will voluntarily replace all of them for safety, in common sense. The automaker said it is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the issue at this time.
The total number of affected SUVs is 15,803 – 9,464 iX and 6,339 X1. While not the most alarming of the recalls, it is on the growing list of notices NHTSA has had to make about the iX over the past 12 months. Ahead of the January pair of newsletters, BMW issued a “do not drive” order to owners in July for the 83 iX and i4 EV, as its Samsung-made batteries are said to have damaged cathode plates. broken. increased chance of short circuit and fire.
Building a car is already hard, and for BMW, building an electric car is a little harder now. Dealers have been notified of the airbag recall and owners should receive the letter by April 7.