BMW Stops Sales and Leasing of Mini, 5-Series, X1 and Rolls-Royce models for Bad Seat Belts. No Accidents, Injuries Known

Autoinformed.comBMW of North America is recalling some model year 2016-2017 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, MINI Hardtop 4 Door Cooper, Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper S, MINI Cooper Clubman, and Cooper S Clubman, 2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost, and 2016 528i vehicles. Dealers have been told to stop sales and leasing of the recalled models, new or used.

The vehicle-sensitive locking mechanism of the seat belt Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) for the driver’s seat may not lock as designed.  As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”

In the event of a crash where heavy braking is applied, the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) may activate when the occupant is more forward in the seat, possibly increasing the risk of injury. No accidents or injuries have been reported

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s seat belt assembly, free of charge as required by U.S. regulations.  The recall is expected to begin July 2, 2019.  Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov.

Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) Recall 16V-747

Model Year 2016-2017

  • BMW – F48, F07, F10
  • MINI – F54, F55
  • Rolls-Royce – RR4

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