BMW is recalling about 150,000 vehicles in North America in order to fix a possible defect that could keep the front passenger airbag from opening in a crash. This voluntary recall involves the front passenger airbag seat sensor mat in certain 2004-2006 model year automobiles. The models that are included are particular 2006 3-Series, 2004-2006 5-Series and 2004-2006 X3 vehicles. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) referred to 200,000 vehicles, a BMW spokesman said 50,000 of these had already been corrected.
BMW said it would start sending letters to customers in late September and that customers driving the models involved in the recall are still allowed to drive the vehicle unless the airbag warning lamp and the passenger airbag “on-off” lamp illuminated simultaneously. If this happens, the company asks that customers stop using the front passenger seat of the vehicle immediately and get the car serviced.