The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued two recall reports affecting Thor Motor Coach windshield wipers and the inflator of the frontal passenger airbag of BMW of North America’s X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i models.
According to the recall issued March 17, 36 of BWM of North America’s X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, and X5 xDrive50i models were affected by a defect impairing gas flow from the inflator that could cause the frontal passenger airbag to rupture upon deployment. This can cause metal fragments to pierce the airbag and cause injury. “Depending on the circumstances, impaired gas flow could create excessive internal pressure, which could result in the body of the inflator rupturing upon deployment. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants,” according to the report.
BWM of North America has notified owners and dealers will replace the airbag modules free of charge. No accidents or incidents related to the defect have been reported. The root cause of the defect is still undergoing investigation.
Additionally, Thor Motor Coach reported on March 13 that windshield wipers on 6,561 models may be defective. Affected models include 2014-2015 ACE, Hurricane, Challenger, Daybreak, Miramar, Outlaw, and Windsport motorhomes. According to the company, wipers may have been improperly installed, causing the wipers to fail during use.
Thor Motor Coach will notify owners and dealers will inspect wipers and fix the affected models free of charge.