BMW of North America is recalling 36 model-year 2017 BMW X5
sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive50i, xDrive35d and xDrive40e SUVs.
The recall bulletin filed with NHTSA says that the passenger
frontal airbag modules use certain airbag inflators that may
not vent properly in a crash necessitating passenger frontal
airbag deployment. This could cause the inflator to rupture and
propel metal fragments into the cabin, striking occupants and
causing serious injury or death.
Despite the similarity, this issue is unrelated to the massive
ongoing safety crisis involving airbag inflators manufactured
by Japan’s Takata Corp., a BMW spokesman confirmed to
Dealers will replace the airbag modules for free.
BMW began notifying owners on March 20. Owners can call the
automaker at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or
visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.