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Rolls-Royce and BMW Recall Ghost, 5 GT, 7 Series Over Airbag Sensor

Premium, luxury, and ultra-luxury manufacturers are no strangers to safety recalls. Case in point: the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. Now, however, BMW and Rolls-Royce are in the spotlight due to a software bug of an airbag sensor.
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34,250 vehicles are affected in total, of which 33,600 units consists of the 7 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo. The remaining 650 vehicles come in the form of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, vehicles manufactured from December 2011 through June 2012. Compared to the BMWs mentioned moments ago, affected Ghost sedans were also fitted with “a faulty replacement part.”

Following an 110,000-strong airbag-related recall in Japan, the problem at the center of this safety recall is “a software error in the production of a sensor at the supplier.” According to the German manufacturer and owner of Rolls-Royce, the airbag sensor might send incorrect data to the airbag control unit in front- and rear-end collisions. By incorrect data, BMW refers to the possibility that the airbag might not deploy in the event of a collision.

Known owners of the 7er, 5er GT, and Ghost will be contacted by a BMW Partner dealership to arrange a visit to the garage. Apparently, the repair takes approximately three hours and, if the situation calls for it, customers will be provided with a courtesy car. If you’re not the first owner of the car, you’d better contact a BMW service or search by VIN on BMW’s website.

Now that 2016 is almost at a close, it’s worth nothing that this year wasn’t good for BMW as far as problems are concerned. Operations that are worth remembering include the 150,000-strong fuel pump issue and the U.S.-spec 2016 model year BMW 7 Series stop-sale due to an airbag-related problem.

BMW's woe, however, is but a droplet in an ocean of recalls. Take, for example, General Motors' 3.64 million vehicles campaign over the SDM (Sensing and Diagnostic Module) of cars that include the 2017 Corvette.


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