Recall roundup: BMW i3 and MINI vehicles for airbag issue image

BMW has announced a new recall affecting the i3 and several MINI vehicles because of a problem with the front passenger airbag.

The BMW i3 is disappointing its customers once more, after scoring just 4 out of 5 stars with Euro NCAP. The car manufacturer has announced a recall for the “green” hatchback and for several MINI vehicles because of a problem with the front passenger airbag, which may not deploy properly in a low speed crash and this can increase the risk of injury.

“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.” 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”, says the NHTSA in its recall Summary and Consequence of the problem.

The affected models are the 2014-2015 BMW i3, the 2014-2016 MINI Cooper, the 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and the 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works. Owners of these vehicles will be notified by BMW and MINI and an appointment with a local dealership will be scheduled. The dealer will be replacing the passenger frontal airbag module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on the 20th of November. The total number of affected cars stands at 6,073 units, in North America, and for any extra details on the topic owners can contact MINI at 1-866-825-1525, BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.