The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced recently that BMW is recalling nearly 200,000 cars – 188,668 are potentially affected – due to possible problems with child seats in specific models.
The recall affects the following cars:
2011-2017, X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i, vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016, and 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles manufactured March 3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system.
You'll want to make sure you're paying attention if you own one of those vehicles and have children. The NHTSA said that "damaged lower anchor bars may increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash," which basically means your kids are at risk even while riding in a seat that's supposed to keep them safe. BMW said it will reach out to affected owners who can take it to a nearby dealer who will "weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body." The fix comes at no cost to the consumer.