BMW of North America is recalling 188,668 2011-’17 BMW X3 and X4 crossover SUVs because of a problem with the Isofix child-restraint anchors, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child-restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-Isofix-type rigid-style connector child-restraint system,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “Damaged lower anchor bars may increase the child’s risk of injury in the event of a crash.”


BMW told federal safety regulators it is not aware of any injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.

Included in the recall are:

  • 2011-’17 BMW X3 sDrive28i
  • 2011-’17 BMW X3 xDrive28i
  • 2011-’17 BMW X3 xDrive35i
  • 2015-’17 BMW X3 xDrive28d
  • 2015-’17 BMW X4 xdrive28i
  • 2015-’17 BMW X4 xDrive35i
  • 2015-’17 BMW X4 xDriveM40i

The customer noticed that his unoccupied child restraint moved sideways when the vehicle traveled along a curve and that one of the lower anchor bars was damaged,” the NHTSA said.

BMW dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body. The recall is expected to begin on July 12. Owners can contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.