Air Bag Defect Halts Sale of Some BMW 7 Series Models

The new BMW 7 Series is presented during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

(Reuters) - BMW AG has stopped the sale of some of its 7 Series vehicles in the United States and said it would recall them because of an air bag deployment issue, the company said in a filing with U.S. regulators.

BMW 7-Series models made from July 1, 2015 through December 11, 2015 may have a defective control module for the air bags which could keep them from deploying in a crash. Affected vehicles are from the 2016 model year, including 740Li, 750Li, and 750 Lxi.

The filing was posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday morning. BMW told NHTSA that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries due to this defect in the cars that can cost consumers $80,000 and more.

The recall will affect 6,110 vehicles in the U.S. market and BMW did not immediately say whether the recall and stop-sale affects models outside the United States.

BMW did not tell NHTSA in its filing how long the stop-sale would last. It said owners would begin receiving letters in May about the recall, which is to take up to four hours at a dealership.

The supplier of the affected air bag parts to BMW was Continental AG.