Air-bag issue in certain 2006 BMW vehicles

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Aug. 2, 2017—BMW of North America recalled 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi and 550i vehicles that have the Sport Seat option and 2006 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi and 550i vehicles that have standard seats.

In the affected vehicles, the front-passenger-seat occupant-detection mat, which determines whether and how the front-passenger air bag should deploy during a crash, might fatigue and develop cracks. As a result, the system might fail, and the front-passenger air bag would not activate during a crash, which increases the risk of injury.

BMW of North America will notify owners, and dealers will repair the occupant-detection mat to prevent it from cracking or will replace it, as needed, for free. The recall is expected to begin Sept. 1, 2017.

For more information, owners may call BMW of North America at 800/525-7417. Owners also may call National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 or go to