December 13, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

BMW Airbag Defect

A recall has been issued for approximately 76,565 BMW vehicles due to an air bag defect. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.  A failure to deploy can significantly compromise the safety of vehicle occupants and result in catastrophic injuries

The following vehicles are included in the recall class: 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans and 325xi sports wagons, model year 2007 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi sedans and 328i and 328xi sports wagons, model year 2006-2007 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i sedans and 530xi sports wagons, model year 2006 760i sedans, model year 2006-2007 750i, 750Li, and 760Li sedans, and model year 2006 X5 sports activity vehicles, equipped with certain seat types.

Owner should receive written notification from BMW in January 2014 and parts are expected to become available sometime in March 2014.  Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Additionally, owners of model year 2006-2007 3 Series with standard seats, 5 Series with comfort seats, and Z4 models, will receive an extended warranty on their front passenger seat occupant detection mat.  Owners may contact BMW directly at 1-800-525-7417.  Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V564000. 

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.