BMW has announced a recall for 188,670 2011-2017 year X3 and X4 Crossover SUV’s in the U.S. that were made between July 2010, and April 2016.
Globally, there is a recall of almost 622,000 vehicles. The recall is being made for faulty child seat anchors that could become damaged if used with certain child seats including Nuna, Clerk Foon, Olli, and other models used in Europe. The child seat anchors do not work properly with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) fasteners that are not flexible.
Jennifer Stockburger, Consumer Reports’ director of auto safety, states “Even for seats with flexible LATCH connectors, to err on the side of caution, parents with these vehicles should stop using the LATCH restraint and secure their child seats using the safety belts.”
The defect was discovered in March, when a customer reported to BMW that her vehicle’s anchor was damaged. Official recall is expected to begin in July, at which point BMW will send a letter to the owners advising them to bring their cars into a dealership so that the appropriate repairs can be made.
BMW owners in the United States can check online to see if his or her vehicle was involved in a recall.