Auto manufacturer BMW AG is recalling 200,000 SUVs and cars over concerns that the front passenger air bag may not deploy during a collision. BMW models affected by the recall include the:
- 2004-2006 5 Series
- 2006 3 Series
- 2004-2006 X3 SUV’s
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that small cracks could affect the seat detection mat and deactivate the air bags. This could also deactivate the air bag “on-off” light. An air-bag “on-off” switch lets the motorist deactivate the air bag feature when necessary.
Depending on the make and model of the vehicle and the year it was manufactured, air bags may be located in two areas of a vehicle:
Frontal Air Bags: Frontal air bags are designed to prevent vehicle occupants from hitting the steering wheel, the instrument panel, or the windshield so that they don’t sustain even more serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash. These air bags usually cannot provide protection during side-impact crashes, rear-end collisions, and rollover accidents.
Side-Impact Air Bags: They are designed to protect your chest and head during an accident in which the side of the motor vehicle is impacted.
Types of Frontal Air Bags:
Depowered Air Bags: Air bags with a reduced inflation power to decrease the chances of an air bag-related injury.
Advanced Frontal Air Bags: are considered more effective than the previous generations of air bags when it comes to saving lives and reducing the chances of air bag related-injuries.
Air bags are an added and necessary protection to the safety belt. If you were injured in an auto crash because your air bag failed to deploy or malfunctioned in another way, our auto products liability law firm has the experience and knowledge to determine whether you have grounds to file a defective products case against the manufacturer.
German automaker BMW recalling 200,000 vehicles, AP, August 13, 2008
UPDATE: BMW Recalls 200K Vehicles In US Due To Airbag Issue, CNNMoney.com, August 13, 2008
Air Bag Safety, Safecar.gov
Related Web Resources:
Air Bags, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
What You Need to Know About Air Bags, NHTSA.gov