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BMW Recalls 2012 3-Series, Issues Stop Sale

BMW is recalling some 2012 3-Series models due to front-seat head restraints that fall short of federal safety standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the affected 3-Series “have front seat head restraints that exceed the downward movement limit of 25mm in the highest position.” As a result, the head restraint could lower slightly in a collision when it’s fully extended, which could increase the risk of injury.

In total, about 7,600 BMW 3-Series are affected, which were built between Oct. 19, 2011 and March 18, 2012. If you own a 3-Series, USA Today notes that you can find your car’s build date on the plate located in the driver’s side door jamb.

No accidents or injuries have been reported, and BMW will notify 3-Series owners this month to rectify this issue. Dealers will install a small clip in the head restraint free of charge. Additionally, the automaker has taken appropriate action to ensure that cars with the defect aren’t sold until they’re fixed. Edmunds writes that BMW “notified its dealers and federal safety regulators of a delivery stop of the affected cars, as of April 27.”

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