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by David Zalstein

A total of 17,894 BMW X3 and X4 SUVs have been recalled locally due to a fault relating to brackets used for mounting ISOFIX-compatible child seats.

Affecting 15,097 ‘F25’ BMW X3s and 2797 ‘F26’ BMW X4s built between December 2010 and April 2016 for the X3 and between May 2014 and April 2016 for the X4, the recall encompasses every second-generation X3 and first-generation X4 sold in Australia to date.

According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety website: “Under certain conditions, the ISOFIX brackets may break as a result of vibration stress”.

2014 BMW X4 30D-50

“If the brackets break, this increases the risk of injury in the event of an accident,” the notice says.

BMW Australia product communications manager Adam Davis told CarAdvice the fix involves welding in additional supports for the brackets, is estimated to take 1.5 hours to complete, and will be done at no charge to customers – who will be notified via mail.

“Parts have already arrived in Australia to start processing the recall,” Davis said, adding: “There are no recorded incidents relating to this.”

An internationally standardised child seat mounting alternative to securing child seats with seat belts, the ISOFIX system relies on two seat-base attachments that work in tandem with a sole top tether point to ensure a child seat is safely and securely mounted within a vehicle.

Year to date, BMW Australia has sold 2322 X3s and 961 X4s.

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