BMW wants to take another look at some of its compact cars, thanks to issues with knee airbags.
The German automaker is recalling more than 5,000 vehicles because of a potential problem with the way knee airbags are folded on both the driver and passenger sides of the cars. The safety devices may be damaged, meaning they cannot fully inflate in the event of a crash.
“Affected vehicles were equipped with knee air bag modules that may not have been produced to specifications,” the company said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Specifically, improper folding of the air bags and assembly into the air bag housing could cause the knee airbags to become damaged during air bag deployment. If this were to occur, the knee air bag would not properly inflate.”
The recalled vehicles are from three different production lines: the 2, 3, and 4 series. That includes the 2019-2020 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, M240i, M2 Competition, the 2019 330i xDrive Sportswagon, the 2019-2020 430i and 430i xDrive, 440i and 440i xDrive, M4 and the 2020 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i and 440i xDrive.
The problem airbags were supplied by Joyson Safety Systems, according to CNET. Joyson alerted BMW to the problem after testing showed that a certain batch of airbags were damaged when they deployed.
The recall is not the first time that BMW has had to take another look at certain cars because of defects. The company in 2017 recalled roughly 1 million vehicles over concerns about possible electrical fires stemming from a problem in a crankcase ventilation valve heater.
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