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BMW Recalls 1 Series for Seat Belt Fires

The front-seat pretensioner can ignite interior insulation.

by on Jun.14, 2010

A newly vigilant NHTSA has makers scrambling.

BMW of North America is recalling 2008-2011 1-Series cars because the front seat belt pretensioner, if it goes off in an accident, could ignite the insulation surrounding it.

BMW told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a terse filing that it would provide more details as they became available.

This is just the latest example of how a newly vigilant National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which slept through numerous reports of Toyota unintended acceleration deaths, is forcing makers to immediately disclose safety defects,  sometime long before a fix is available. (See NHTSA Ups Toyota Death Tally) NHTSA fined Toyota a record 16.4 million dollars for its delays in recalling millions of cars because of unintended acceleration. (more…)