BMW of North America is recalling 83,016 model year 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i & X5 M vehicles; model year model year 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i & X6 M vehicles; model year 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d vehicles and model year 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrids.
The vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
What to do
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger front airbag module, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin March 4, 2019.
Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.