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BMW Recalls New Z4 Sports Cars

Defective seat belt tensioner wiring is the culprit.

by on Aug.17, 2009

Oops! The wiring is not right for the pre-tensioners to explode during a crash.

Oops! A wiring connection is not quite right for the seat belt pre-tensioners to explode during a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported this morning that BMW will recall 2009 model Z4 sports cars for a selt belt defect, which in an accident could potentially result in increased injuries.

Vehicle manufactured between March 10 and March 19, 2009 have a defective crimp in the connector in a seat belt pensioner wiring plug. As a result, the resistance in the circuit could cause the belt tensioner to fail to deploy during a crash, “possibly resulting in increased injury to the occupant of the seat.

NHTSA reports that BMW has not yet provided the agency with “a remedy or notification schedule.”

Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to