2012 BMW 3 Series Recalled for Head Restraints

Luke Vandezande
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2012 bmw 3 series recalled for head restraints

BMW is recalling 7,600 of its 2013 3 Series models because of an issue with the head restraints. Units built between October 19, 2011 and March 18, 2012 are affected.

Federal requirements regulate headrest height to a maximum 25 millimeters, any headrest that can be raised beyond that point is in violation and it seems several thousand 3 Series fall under that category.

The flaw was revealed during testing, prompting the recall. While this particular recall isn’t as grave as some others, including the missing infant seat base we reported yesterday, if the headrest were fully extended in the event of a crash, there would be an increased risk of neck injury.

There haven’t been any injuries reported as a result of the flaw, but BMW will contact owners so it can inspect the vehicles and repair the flaw if found. If a vehicle is found to have over-extending headrests, both the front passenger and driver’s seat will need attention.

If you own a 2012 3 Series and suspect it might be affected, you can contact BMW customer relations at (800) 525-7417, or NHTSA at (888) 327-4236.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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