Auto Recalls

Nissan recalls more than 54,000 cars because airbags can deploy when door slams.

The AP (3/11) reports on a recall of “more than 54,000 cars” by Nissan in North America “because of curtain and seat-mounted air bags that may unexpected deploy when the door is slammed.” The company says the defect affects Versas from 2012 and “may be caused by the degradation of the side impact sensor connector pins.”

US auto recalls reach record high of 53.2 million in 2016.

Reuters (3/10, Shepardson) reports statistics from the Transportation Department show automakers recalled 53.2 million vehicles last year, a record high, partly due to the Takata airbag recalls. Under the “aggressive enforcement” of the Obama administration, manufacturers “issued a record-setting 927 recall campaigns, up 7 percent over the previous high set in 2015.”

BMW recalls SUVs over driveshaft defect.

Consumerist (3/10, Kieler, 56K) reports BMW this week announced the expansion of a recall initiated in May 2016 affecting SUVs from the 2011 to 2015 model years. The defect acts “just like a pathogen,” in that “if a bit of water starts getting into the wrong place on your car it could set off a chain of events that leaves you with a car that won’t move.”

The BMW Blog (3/10, 2K) reports the expanded recall includes “nearly 122,000 BMW SUVs” to the list, which “affects 2011-13 BMW X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M and X5 xDrive35d SUVs; model-year 2011-14 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M SUVs; and model-year 2011 X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs.”

The Car Connection (3/10, 86K) reports BMW “will mail recall notices to owners on or before April 24 of this year,” at which point “owners will be able to take their cars to their local dealers, who will replace their front driveshaft at no charge.”

MLive (MI) (3/10, Raven, 878K) reports “BMW reports that it has not been made aware of any injuries or deaths related to the issue.”

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