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      05-17-2019, 05:23 AM   #1
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Another Recall - B Pillar Unsafe During Crash

Keep an eye out for a recall letter. B pillar may be unsafe during a crash. Cut and pasted the NHTSA info below:


Apr 17,2019
Manufacturer Recall NumberNA
NHTSA Recall Number19V349

Recall StatusRecall Incomplete, remedy not yet available
Summary
OCCUPANT PROTECTION: A trim piece on a vertical section of the the vehicle body, which is between the front and rear seating area, may not meet a Federal requirement.

Safety Risk
In a crash, this could increase the risk of injury to a passenger whose head contacts the vehicle trim.

Remedy
The vehicle trim will be replaced.

Manufacturer's Notes
For additional information or assistance, please contact Customer Relations and Service at 1-800-525-7417 or via Email at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com
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      05-17-2019, 05:35 AM   #2
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Is this global recall?
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      05-17-2019, 06:01 AM   #3
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Recall Details

Thanks for posting this! Here are the details additional details provided on the recall. Currently in a stop-sale on an X1 due to this recall.
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Non-Compliance Recall 19V-xyz
B-Pillar Occupant Protection (FMVSS 201)
Model Year 2016-2019
BMW X1 SAV
Last Update: 05/03/2019


Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Non-Compliance
Recall?

Approximately 106,182 Model Year 2016-2019 BMW X1 SAV vehicles, produced between
March 2015 and May 2019, are potentially affected.

Q2. What is the specific issue?
A measured value at one B-pillar target exceeded the legal limit for FMVSS 201 Occupant
protection in interior impact.

Q3. What can happen as a result of this issue?
This could increase the risk of injury to the vehicle occupants.

Q4. Why are other vehicles not included in this Non-Compliance Recall?
Other models are compliant with FMVSS 201 “Occupant protection in interior impact”.

Q5. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?
Yes. However, when you receive a letter requesting you to make an appointment to have this
Non-Compliance Recall performed by an authorized BMW center, please do so as soon as
possible. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this
important information.

Q6. Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle?
No. This can only be determined through proper inspection at an authorized BMW center.

Q7. How did BMW become aware of the issue?
BMW became aware of the issue through our quality control procedures.

Q8. How will I be informed of this Non-Compliance Recall?
You will receive a letter in July via First Class mail advising you of this recall. You will receive
another letter when the recall is ready to be performed. At that time, you should immediately
schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have this recall performed. You can
locate your nearest authorized BMW center at www.bmwusa.com/dealers.
To ensure BMW has the most recent contact and vehicle information, owners should register
their vehicle at www.bmwusa.com/myBMW. Registration is free, and will give them access to
factory initiated campaigns and other information specific to their BMW.

Q9. How will my vehicle be repaired?
The repair is still being determined.

Q10. How long will the repair take?
Once the repair has been determined, the repair time will be known. The repair will be performed
for free by your authorized BMW center.

Q11. Do I have to wait for my letter to have my vehicle serviced?
Yes. We are in the process of implementing this Non-Compliance Recall to ensure that the
necessary parts, tools, and procedures are available, prior to contacting you to schedule your
vehicle to have this Non-Compliance Recall performed. For the latest updates to this recall,
please visit www.bmwusa.com/recall.
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      05-22-2019, 01:13 PM   #4
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Does anyone have any insight as to what process BMW has for determining a fix for this issue, and for how long it might be before we hear about it. I ordered an X1, which left Bremerhaven just before this recall was announced.
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      05-26-2019, 10:16 PM   #5
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I heard it was to replace the B pillar interior trims.
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      05-27-2019, 03:58 AM   #6
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Why are only US cars on the product recall? Surely the design and layout of the component parts is the same for all countries - that way BMW secures the full economic advantages of scale. Or is it because the car manufacturers are protected by EU and European governments from angry consumers? (That is until they are exposed aka VW emissions)
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Why are only US cars on the product recall? Surely the design and layout of the component parts is the same for all countries - that way BMW secures the full economic advantages of scale. Or is it because the car manufacturers are protected by EU and European governments from angry consumers? (That is until they are exposed aka VW emissions)
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      05-27-2019, 07:35 AM   #8
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Why are only US cars on the product recall? Surely the design and layout of the component parts is the same for all countries - that way BMW secures the full economic advantages of scale.
Because the only requirement it fails is the US NHTSA test/requirement and they're not going to be fixing things they don't have to for the rest of the world.
Just because it fails that test it does not mean that the car is defective nor that you're going to die in an accident, it's simply a test with a specific method in the US that it fails.
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      05-31-2019, 01:22 PM   #9
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So what is the fix? It doesn't sound that simple...
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      05-31-2019, 02:04 PM   #10
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So what is the fix? It doesn't sound that simple...
They have yet to have developed or announced the fix, the letters suggest this summer.

Cars in the production line may just need to have a weld moved, or a stiffener attached.
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      05-31-2019, 02:05 PM   #11
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Because the only requirement it fails is the US NHTSA test/requirement and they're not going to be fixing things they don't have to for the rest of the world.
Just because it fails that test it does not mean that the car is defective nor that you're going to die in an accident, it's simply a test with a specific method in the US that it fails.
Er, fair explanation, but are we Europeans (pre or post Brexit for those of us in the U.K.!) built with different bodies than you folks in North America & Canada and I don’t mean car bodies 🤔
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I am looking to buy an x1 and just talked with a dealer salesperson who informed me of the stop sale. What he told me was that he expected the stop sale to last at least a few months (he estimated until October!) meanwhile BMW will take care of existing customers first -- once they have a fix.

He also predicted a flood of x1's on the market once the stop sale is lifted, so that could be a good time to buy if you're willing to wait.
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      06-01-2019, 10:44 PM   #13
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I am looking to buy an x1 and just talked with a dealer salesperson who informed me of the stop sale. What he told me was that he expected the stop sale to last at least a few months (he estimated until October!) meanwhile BMW will take care of existing customers first -- once they have a fix.

He also predicted a flood of x1's on the market once the stop sale is lifted, so that could be a good time to buy if you're willing to wait.
I seriously doubt that, the sales people can be known to be very wrong in this kind of situation, I suspect you'll see the stop sale lifted within a few weeks, this is not a huge issue and a simple trim redesign may resolve it.
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He also predicted a flood of x1's on the market once the stop sale is lifted, so that could be a good time to buy if you're willing to wait.
That's only true if BMW was senseless enough to continue building X1s while stopping sales...

Note that BMW will start selling the 2020 face-lift version in September. This likely means if anyone wants an X1 but dislike the look of the new X1 better be ready to grab one of the remaining 2019 once the stop-sale is lifted. The limited few produced before the stop-sale may be the only ones available.
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That's only true if BMW was senseless enough to continue building X1s while stopping sales...

Note that BMW will start selling the 2020 face-lift version in September. This likely means if anyone wants an X1 but dislike the look of the new X1 better be ready to grab one of the remaining 2019 once the stop-sale is lifted. The limited few produced before the stop-sale may be the only ones available.
BMW produces about 300,000 X1s per year (25,000 a month). Production of 2019 X1s stopped on May 2nd and was scheduled to stop in July. Of the 300,000 produced, about 30,000 are sold in the U.S. (10%). Loss of two months of production decreases the number of 2019 X1s available worldwide by 50,000 and 5,000 in the U.S.

There are still new, 2018s available. My problem is that I always want a configuration that needs to be ordered, thus my 2019 order got bumped to a 2020 (same configuration and same price) and should be one of the first off the 2020 production line, as my order has been in the pipeline since April 23rd.
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^^^ I thought BMW changed package/configs every year. Similarly configured, a 2018 is more expensive than 2019 by couple thousands. If your 2020 has the same configuration and same pricing as 2019, does that mean 2020 MY will be the exactly the same as 2019 MY? No face-lift for 2020 sold in the US? I read the 2020 will have all LED head lights and fog lights, larger infotainment screen and nicer material with leather option. That would be a no-brainer if it is the same price.
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^^^ I thought BMW changed package/configs every year. Similarly configured, a 2018 is more expensive than 2019 by couple thousands. If your 2020 has the same configuration and same pricing as 2019, does that mean 2020 MY will be the exactly the same as 2019 MY? No face-lift for 2020 sold in the US? I read the 2020 will have all LED head lights and fog lights, larger infotainment screen and nicer material with leather option. That would be a no-brainer if it is the same price.
I had no choice between a 2019 MY and a 2020 MY. Production was stopped during my production week. My configuration had LED headlights (but not LED fog lights--not an option on the 2019 MY). I had ordered the enhanced navigation (larger screen). I am sure the 2020 MY has a higher price, but I have a deal and I believe BMW had no other option than to give me a 2020 since the 2019 I ordered does not and will never exist because production stopped. It truly is a no brainer since I have no other option unless I don't want the 2020.
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^^ 2019 doesn't have full LED headlights, the turn signals are halogens. If the production halt only last for two months like someone mentioned, I don't see why they have to move to 2020. Unless the B pillar issue is really serious and they lack a solution for it and have to stop all 2019 MY US spec production?
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^^ 2019 doesn't have full LED headlights, the turn signals are halogens. If the production halt only last for two months like someone mentioned, I don't see why they have to move to 2020. Unless the B pillar issue is really serious and they lack a solution for it and have to stop all 2019 MY US spec production?
From my 2019 MY configuration:

PREMIUM PACKAGE
Head-up Display
LED Headlights w/ Cornering
Navigation Touchpad

Sure looks like LED headlights to me.

They have to move me to the 2020 MY because They stopped production! Confirmed by BMW NA Thanks...
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Is this in EU recall?
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Is this in EU recall?

I think #8 quote above by dianebrat might help.
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I just heard from my dealer that it's a 3-4 month wait, and that it's an airbag issue in the B-pillar.

Can anyone confirm this?
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