BMW recalls 7,600 3 Series car variants

Citing dangers and risk of neck injury is what has caused BMW to recall over 7,600 units of 2012 3 Series variants. Faulty head rests which could move down in case of collision and cause neck injuries is the reason behind this recall. The BMW 3 Series models affected in this recall are manufactured between October 18, 2011 and March 8, 2012. The company will be notifying customers and BMW service dealers will be instructed to deal with the problem free of cost by inserting a small clip to rectify the defect in head rests.

According to Federal requirements, headrests should be at a maximum height of 25 mm. Headrests beyond this are in violation of this stipulation which is exactly what has occurred in this case. These flaws were detected during testing and hence the recall was promptly initiated. Though no injuries to neck or back are reported, BMW has decided to contact owners so that their vehicles can be examined and flaws rectified in case there is over extension of headrests in both front passenger and driver’s seats.

Auto News Release

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

BMW / 3-SERIES 2012Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr’s Report Date: APR 19, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V176000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,600

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BMW 3-SERIES VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 19, 2011, THROUGH MARCH 18, 2012, THAT HAVE FRONT SEAT HEAD RESTRAINTS THAT EXCEED THE DOWNWARD MOVEMENT LIMIT OF 25MM IN THE HIGHEST POSITION. THUS, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 202A,”HEAD RESTRAINTS.”

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE HEAD RESTRAINT MAY UNEXPECTEDLY MOVE DOWN SLIGHTLY IF IT WAS ADJUSTED TO THE FULLY EXTENDED POSITION, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL ATTACH A CLAMP TO THE FRONT SEAT HEAD RESTRAINT POSTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.