The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been busy reporting on auto recalls in the past few weeks.
Some of the latest recall campaigns launched by major automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW have been associated with vehicles that may expose drivers and their passengers to serious personal injury hazards.
The first announcement issued by the NHTSA claims Mercedes-Benz has listed 5,058 vehicles under its latest recall campaign. The units now being recalled include the 2014 and 2015 Smart Fortwo Coupes and Convertible models as well as the 2014 Fortwo Coupe Electric and Fortwo Convertible Electric models. These vehicles may have been equipped with steering gear mounting bolts that could suddenly break while in use. The problem could eventually happen mid-use and the steering may become difficult for the driver. As a result, the vehicle may become involved in an accident, increasing the risk of personal injury.
The company hasn’t reported a notification schedule to the NHTSA. Since the federal agency isn’t aware of when the company will be contacting impacted vehicle owners to make sure the steering gear mounting bolts are replaced, consumers are being urged to contact the manufacturer promptly to ask more questions and have their concerns addressed.
But should only Smart car owners be concerned about the latest reports issued by the automaker? The answer is no. The latest BMW recall may also raise some eyebrows and prompt thousands of drivers across the country to rush to dealerships.
According to the official announcement issues by the NHTSA, BMW of North America, LLC has issued a recall campaign that affects all units of the 2005 and 2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles as well as the 2005 through 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles, adding to 91,800 vehicles. According to the report, the vehicles are impacted by issues that stem from installation, manufacturing, and exposure issues. Since the front passenger seat occupant detection system may fail to identify the passenger is occupying the seat, the air bag system may not cause the air bag to deploy in the event of an accident.
This problem could lead to personal injuries since the air bag will not protect the passenger from potential injuries in the event of a collision.
BMW has announced it will be contacting car owners impacted in May. If you have one of the recalled vehicles, you can contact BMW directly to have the issue addressed immediately. Once the vehicle is inspected, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat will be replaced for free.
The recall announcement can be found here.