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BMW Recalls SUVs; Airbags May Not Inflate During Crash


Damaged car with passenger door open and view of deployed airbags

BMW has issued a recall for more than 85,000 SUVs sold in the U.S. due t a defect that could prevent passenger airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.

Details of the BMW Airbag Recall

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.

Common Injuries Caused by Airbag Failure

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

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.

 

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