CNBC reports that the recall covers X3 SUVs from the model years 2006 through 2010.
BMW states that a mat meant to detect front-seat passengers can wear and develop crack which can interrupt electronic signals. This can lead to the front passenger airbag switching off, causing them not to deploy during a crash.
This is the third recall BMW has issued for the problem since 2013. Dealers will replace the mat free of charge.
Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.