Risk of fire with older RHD BMW X5 and X6 even when parked (week 35/21)


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This week recalls:
– BMW X5 – fire risk, airbags
– Mercedes S-Class – the risk of fire
– Audi Q4 – airbags
– Toyota Supra – brake booster


Six recalls of five manufacturers were issued for six models in the 35th week of 2021 through the Rapex system.

BMW has announced two recalls, while Audi, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota have one each – see table below.

Friction corrosion on the connector from the wiring harness to the blower regulator may cause fluctuations in the electrical resistance, which can lead to overheating and damage to the wiring harness insulation with older BMW X5 and X6 right-hand-drive models. That can result in a short circuit, leading to a vehicle fire, even if the vehicle is parked. More than 45,000 vehicles manufactured between August 2006 and August 2011 are being recalled. In addition, the passenger airbag may not function properly in 2019 to 2021 BMW X5s due to a manufacturing defect in the dashboard.



See the table below for all the recalls from this week.


Recalls announced in the 35th week of 2021

Make, Model (years) Problem
Audi Q4 e-tron (2021) The vehicles are equipped with side airbags that were developed for testing purposes.
Bentley Continental GT (2018 – 2021) The front seat software could result in the trapping of a rear occupant’s legs.
BMW X5 (2019 – 2021) Due to a production defect affecting the instrument panel, the passenger airbag may not function properly.
BMW X5 (2006 – 2011) Friction corrosion on the connector from the wiring harness to the blower regulator may cause a fire.
BMW X6 (2007 – 2011) Friction corrosion on the connector from the wiring harness to the blower regulator may cause a fire.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2020 – 2021) The screw connection of an electrical connector at the pre-fuse box in the passenger footwell may be defective.
Toyota Supra (2018 – 2021) The engine management software could cause the oil/vacuum pump to become damaged.

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