Now that BMW is recalling the mighty i8, nothing seems to be the same when talking about German precision and reliability. A new recall is yet another proof that with increased production figures cars tend to be made a little less… safe.
The latest recall BMW is doing focuses on 2015 model year BMW X3, X4 and X5 models. Since the first two share basically every component apart from the body, it’s only natural that is one part is defective in one of them, it will affect the other as well.
53 of them, manufactured between July 28 and July 29 2014 are being called back to their respective dealerships for a problem with the driver’s side rear view mirror. The recall notice doesn’t say explicitly what is wrong with the mirror but claims it doesn’t comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
It goes even further, saying that ‘the driver may not notice that vehicles viewed in the mirror are closer than they appear, increasing the risk of a crash.’ If you’re to ask us, we’re guessing that the mirrors actually miss the fine print saying that ‘Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear’. However, since we don’t have official confirmation yet, take it just as a supposition. The solution involves replacing the mirror, free of charge.
As for the X5, things are a bit more serious. 11 of them are being recalled, all manufactured between September 12 to September 21, 2014. It would seem that cars fitted with the optional rear comfort seats might have a problem with the rear seat belt attachment point that may not be sufficiently welded.
Of course, that could lead to a break in case of an accident and, consequently, to increasing the risk of injury. The fix includes replacing the left rear seat frame, completely free of charge. Both recalls are being rolled out as we speak.