BMW and Mini recall for seat belts, VW and Mercedes for airbags (week 27/22)



This week’s recalls:
– BMW, Mini – seat belts
– Volkswagen, Mercedes – airbags
– Kia – parking brake
– Ford – differential


Eight recalls for 17 models of seven carmakers were announced via Rapex in the 27th week of 2022.

Two recalls have been announced by Toyota, one each by BMW, Ford, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Mini and Volkswagen – see the table at the end of the article.

In addition, Volkswagen is recalling the new Multivan T7 due to faulty head airbags – see our particular article.



The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specification on several BMW and Mini model series produced in the first quarter of 2022. In addition to the risk of injury, sparking can occur if the pressure is released, increasing the fire risk. In total, over 33,000 cars are being recalled.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling older Sprinter vans (2006-2015) due to a possible airbag inflator explosion, metal fragments of which could injure the vehicle’s occupants. Volkswagen recalls 7,896 T7 Multivan’s for head airbags. Also on the list this week is the Volkswagen Grand California motorhome. On roughly 2,000 cars built between December 2019 and April 2021, the sunroof cover may completely detach and fall to the road.



Heavy loads can cause rear differential failure with Ford Ranger. Loss of drive or locking of the rear wheels can occur. The recall involves 43,545 pickups built from September 2018 through May 2019.

Electric Vehicles

We previously wrote about the Kia EV6 recall in our article Hyundai and Kia recall the Ioniq 5 and EV6 electric vehicles. They can roll away on their own. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 mentioned in the article hasn’t yet been released on the Rapex list. Similarly, we’ve written about Toyota’s recall in the article The new electric Toyota bZ4X may lose a wheel. It can also happen with other cars

Details on this week’s recalls can be found in the table below.



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Recalls announced in the 27th week of 2022

Make, Model (years) Problem
BMW 2 Gran Tourer (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
BMW řady 3 (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
BMW X1 (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
BMW X2 (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
BMW M3 (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
BMW i3 (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
BMW i4 (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
Ford Ranger (2018 – 2019) Heavy loading may cause the rear differential to fail.
Kia EV6 (2021 – 2022) A software error may disengage the parking (brake) mechanism.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2006 – 2015) A chemical change in the active substance in the front airbag gas generator can cause an increase in internal pressure.
Mini Convertible (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
Mini Clubman (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
Mini Cooper (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
Mini Countryman (2022) The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications.
Toyota bZ4X (2021 – 2022) The hub bolts of the wheels can loosen, resulting in detachment of the wheels from the vehicle.
Toyota Highlander (2019 – 2021) Due to a manufacturing error, sharp edges at the upper part of the metal structure of the front seats.
Volkswagen Grand California (2019 – 2021) Due to a manufacturing error the roof window cover can completely detach.

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