BMW is recalling 188,670 X3 and X4 crossovers in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty lower anchor bars used in securing child restraint seats. The recall covers certain 2011-17 X3s built between July 2010 and April 2016 and certain 2015-17 X4s built between March 2014 and April 2016, BMW said.
“When specifically used with ISOFIX-type rigid-style connector child restraint systems, the lower anchor bars could become damaged over the lifetime of the vehicle,” BMW said in a statement.
The connector is mainly used in Europe but is available in the U.S., BMW said. Damaged lower bars may increase a child’s risk of injury in the event of a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall database.
The recall is expected to begin on July 12. Dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body at no charge, according to NHTSA. “BMW is unaware of any injuries involving these vehicles associated with this safety recall,” the company said in a statement. The recall covers 622,000 X3 and X4 vehicles worldwide.