1991 BMW 318IS Air Bags Knee Bolster Recall

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1991 BMW 318IS Air Bags Knee Bolster Recall

 NHTSA Recall #21499
NHTSA Compaign #91V054000
MFG Compaign #
 Model Year1991
 Date of notification23/07/91
 Begin date of manufacuring01/03/90
 End date of manufacturing01/03/90
Type of recallV
Recall initiatorOVSC
 Report received10/04/91
 Report created16/04/91
Regulation part number571
FMV safety standard number208
Estimated number of affected units13500
 Defect summaryDuring testing, incorrectly installed driver-side knee bolster prevented steering column from moving forward as designed to absorb impact energy from driver dummy.
 Consequence summaryChest deceleration exceeds maximum allowable limit whichresults in increased risk of occupant injury in a sudden stop or accident.
 Corrective actionRepair the knee bolster to allow clearance and avoid impedance of steering column movement during frontal impact.
 Recall notesSystem: occupant crash protection; fmvss 208. Vehicle description: passenger cars.

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