It seems most major luxury car makers are in a mood for recalling their vehicles as various technical and manufacturing defects are being discovered, either by the carmaker when carrying out their routine investigation, or sometimes due to customer complaints. As soon as Audi’s recall news came, here we got news of another big recall from our trusted industry source, this time it’s BMW, one of three German luxury car heritages. Car recalling is a common practice in the industry as part of the company’s commitment to quality and passenger safety; however, lately, all the recalling news were about Audi and Volkswagen. Now, today, BMW just announced a recall program, for a change.
A total of 106,182 cars will be recalled, as the report stated, and the affected model is the BMW X1 crossover, with model year from 2016 to 2019. Both the trims, xDrive28i and sDrive28i, are affected, as per BMW’s announcement. BMW expressly mentioned the manufacturing date of the affected models, which is between 10th March of 2015 and 2nd May of 2019. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included this recall program on their website, and according to them, the B-pillar of the said models doesn’t meet a specific measure, which is called HIC or head injury criterion value. By this value, the likelihood of a fatal head injury gets decided, in case the car gets into an accident which impacts the B-pillar. All the cars should meet this requirement, and seemingly, BMW failed to achieve that in those affected models. BMW said that out of four, one target point exceeds the legal HIC value limit, which renders that the B-pillar does not comply with the federal rule. That can result in a higher possibility of fatal head injury, in case of a crash.
This problem got discovered by the BMW themselves when they were running an internal series of tests in their production cars. This is rather strange as the HIC value was under the limit in their previous generation X1, and that not supposed to be changed in this next-generation models, as both models use the same underpinning and get built in the same production line. As it turned out that the agency, which was responsible for checking for various compliances before a car hit the market, overlooked this issue, at least that’s what BMW officially mentioned in the recall document the submitted to NHTSA.
As this defect has been undetected in their previous-gen models since 2015 and infected the next-gen models too, now there’s a vast number of BMW X1 cars roaming around all over the country those do not comply to a particular vehicle manufacturing regulation. Hence, BMW is conducting this recall program voluntarily to sort out this issue as soon as they can to avoid the legal problems or penalty from the regulatory authority.
BMW also mentioned that any damage or injury related to this specific issue they know of yet, and they are continually working on the problem to find a solution which they are hopeful of. The recall program will be initiated from the 2nd of July, and owners of the impacted vehicles may contact their dealers of the BMW’s direct customer service line at (800) 525-7417.