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BMW is recalling certain model year 2012 3-series vehicles manufactured from October 19, 2011, through March 18, 2012, that have front seat head restraints that exceed the downward movement limit of 25mm in the highest position. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 202a, "head restraints."
NHTSA campaign id number: 12v176000
Component: Seats: Front assembly: Head restraint
Potential number of units affected: 7,600
Consequence: In the event of a vehicle crash, the head restraint may unexpectedly move down slightly if it was adjusted to the fully extended position, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will attach a clamp to the front seat head restraint posts, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2012. Owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.
Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to Safercar.
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