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Thousands Of BMWs May Have Faulty Airbags

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These are all the models affected by BMW's recall.

Another day, another airbag-related manufacturer recall. Unlike a recent recall made by Honda for 137,000 CR-Vs with faulty airbags, this latest defect affects a comparatively smaller number of cars. This time, BMW is issuing a voluntary recall for 5,079 examples of its compact models.

The recall affects a wide range of model ranges with different variants and build dates. For the 2019-2020 model year BMW 2 Series, the 230i and 230i xDrive coupe and convertible, M240i and M240i coupe and convertible, and M2 Competition are affected.

Other models included in the recall are the 2019 330i xDrive Sportswagon, 2019-2020 430i and 430i xDrive coupe and convertible, 440i and 440i xDrive coupe and convertible, and M4 coupe and convertible. The 2020 430i and 430i xDrive, 440i and 440i xDrive Grand Coupe models are also being recalled.

The problem is caused by the knee airbag modules for both the driver and passenger supplied by Joyson Safety Systems, which may have airbags that were improperly folded and assembled into the housing. As a result, this could cause the airbags to become damaged during inflation and increase the risk of injury in an accident.

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BMW discovered the problem in April while conducting tests after the supplier's in-house testing determined that some airbags were damaged in deployment. Fortunately, the automaker is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the airbag issue.

To fix the fault, dealership technicians will replace one or both knee airbag modules with improved versions that are folded correctly. All vehicles included in the recall are still covered by new-car warranties, so there's no need to worry about reimbursements. Owners of affected models to receive a recall notification from BMW by mail in early July.