622,000 BMW SUVs are being recalled worldwide due to an issue with the child safety seat anchor bar.
The anchor bars are not fully secured and can be damaged by ‘European’-style child safety seats. Most American child seats use a latch mechanism to attach to the anchor bar, which does not damage the bar. Approximately 190,000 BMWs in the United States are being recalled to rectify the issue. Although American safety seats should not affect the bar, the affected SUVs are being recalled due to an abundance of caution.
If the anchor bar becomes damaged, the child safety seat may not be as secure. The seat will be more likely to move and cause increased injuries in the case of an accident. BMW does not believe that any children have been injured due to this issue but will be fixing the bar to prevent any future injury.
The recall process is expected to start on July 12. If you receive a recall notice from BMW, you should bring your vehicle to a BMW dealer for repairs. There, a mechanic will add a reinforcing bar to the lower anchor bar, preventing further damage and keeping your child safe.
The recall affects BMW X3 and X4 vehicles from the model years 2011-2017. If you own one of these vehicles, proceed with extra caution when attaching a child safety seat. You may want to use another vehicle to ferry your child if possible.