A BMW X6 SUV that's part of the latest BMW recall.
Photo: BMW

BMW of North America is recalling 32,760 vehicles from its 2015 to 2019 model years because the lower rear-seat anchor bars at the seat crease used to secure a child car seat may become damaged.

If the car seat is attached with ISOFIX-type rigid connectors, the damage may increase a child’s risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Those connectors are fixed bars that extend from the bottom rear of the car seat. This problem is unlikely to occur when using a child seat with LATCH-type flexible-style connectors, which are on a vast majority of child seats used in the U.S., the automaker said in a statement. 

“Parents can still use their car seat by securing it with the vehicle seat belts,” notes Emily Thomas, Ph.D., an automotive safety engineer at Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. “To be on the safe side, switch your car seat to a seat-belt installation until your lower anchors have been checked by a BMW dealer.”

Push-on lower LATCH connector
A push-on lower LATCH connector.
Hook-style lower LATCH connector
A hook-style lower LATCH connector.

Owners who use a seat with ISOFIX-type connectors may notice that it's difficult to attach it or that the car seat appears to be loose. If that's the case, they can reach between the seatback and seat cushion, find the small rectangular bars, and try to move them to determine if they're loose. If they are loose, owners should contact their BMW dealer. 

BMW says it's unaware of any accidents or injuries in the U.S. involving vehicles that may have this problem.

ISOFIX-type rigid connector
An ISOFIX-type rigid connector.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 32,760 BMW X6 SUVs from 2015 to 2019 model years. They were built between March 4, 2014, and May 16, 2019:

  • X6 sDrive35i

  • X6 xDrive35i

  • X6 xDrive50i

  • X6M

The problem: The lower anchor bars for securing child safety seats may become damaged over time if the car seat is secured using ISOFIX-type rigid connectors. The bars may loosen, preventing the car seat from being securely installed.

The fix: BMW will notify owners by mail beginning Jan. 17, 2020, and dealers will inspect the anchors. If it's determined that the anchors are loose, BMW technicians will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle at no cost to the owner.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417. There is no manufacturer recall number at this time.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V-823

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