US: NHTSA Pulls Over BMW 7-Series for Airbag Deployment Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently posted a notice according to which a some versions from the BMW 7-Series lineup must be recalled to factory for airbag deployment.

This forced BMW pull over 6,110 740Li, 750Li, as well as 750Lxi models, built between 1st of July, 2015 and 11th of December, 2015, because the cars` airbags might not deploy.

All BMW 7-Series are equipped with an air bag control module that can be reset randomly due to some electrical short circuits. These electrical short circuits occur as a result of the residual metallic particles during the manufacturing process.

In case of a serious car crash, if the air bag module resets, the airbags may not open, eventually leading to injury and casualties. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that so far, there haven’t been any accidents resulting causes of death or serious injuries.

BMW and NHTSA have also announced that the recall will begin on the 16th of May, with the German car based to start announcing all owners and dealerships.

Owners will also have to contact the dealership immediately for a service appointment which will be free of charge. With the air bag control module replaced the risks of airbag not deploying would be reduced to zero.


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