Recall 19V-349: B-Pillar Occupant Protection – 2016-2019 BMW X1

May 9, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V349000

Occupant Injury in the Event of a Crash/FMVSS 201

In the event of a crash, the insufficient impact absorption can increase the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V349

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected 106,182



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2016-2019 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles. In the event of a crash where the occupants head contacts the B-pillar, the pillar may not absorb an adequate amount of the impact. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 201, “Occupant Protection in Interior Impact.”



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vertical trim pieces on the upper portion of the interior B-Pillars, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk were mailed July 1, 2019. Second notices will be sent as parts become available, starting on September 27, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


Check if your BMW has a Recall


SIB 51 17 19


Please perform the procedure outlined in this Service Information on all affected vehicles before customer delivery. In the event the customer has already taken delivery of the vehicle, please perform the procedure the next time the vehicle is in the shop.


Recall Campaign 19v-349: B-Pillar occupant protection

This Service Information bulletin replaces SI B51 17 19 dated June 2019


What’s New (Specific text highlighted):

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F48 (X1 Sports Activity Vehicle) Produced from March 2015-May 2019



BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Non-Compliance Recall on Model Year 20162019 BMW X1 SAV vehicles that have been produced from March 2015 (Start of Production) through May 2019. Potentially affected vehicles may not fully conform to a Federal requirement.


Affected Vehicles

This Recall Campaign involves 106,182 F48 X1 SAVs produced from March 2015 (SOP) through May 2019.

Vehicles which require this Recall Campaign to be completed will show it as “Open” when checked either in AIR, the “Service Menu” of DCSnet (Dealer Communication System) or with the Key Reader



The vehicle’s B Pillar trim cover may not meet a Federal requirement, which could affect unbelted rear seat passengers.



Replace both upper B-Pillar trim covers with updated parts.



Replace both upper B-Pillar trim covers following repair instructions REP 51 43 148 “Remove and install/replace trim panel for B-pillars (above) left or right”.


Parts Information

Part Number Description Quantity
51 43 5 A04 9B1 B-pillar trim panel at the top left, black 1
51 43 5 A04 9B2 B-pillar trim panel at the top right, black 1





To:  All Center Operators, Sales Managers, Service Manager, Parts Manager and Warranty Processor

RE: Delivery Stop & Recall 19V-xxx: B-Pillar Occupant Protection (B51 17 19)

BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Non-Compliance Recall (effective May 3, 2019) on Model Years 2016-2019 BMW X1 SAV vehicles that have been produced from March 2015 (Start-of-Production) through May 2019.

Owners will be notified by First Class mail about the Recall and will be instructed to bring their vehicles in for a free repair when parts are available.

Please be reminded that it is a violation of federal law (The Safety Act) for you to sell, lease or deliver any new motor vehicle covered by this notification until the recall repair has been performed.  This means that centers may not legally deliver new motor vehicles to consumers until they are fixed or use/sell replacement equipment/parts subject to this recall.  Note also that substantial civil penalties apply to violations of the Safety Act. 

Also, you should not sell, lease or deliver any Certified Pre-Owned or used vehicles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed. 

Please follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.


We appreciate all your assistance with this Recall.

Non-Compliance Recall 19V-xyz
B-Pillar Occupant Protection (FMVSS 201)
Model Year 2016-2019
Last Update: 05/31/2019


Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Non-Compliance Recall?

Approximately 106,182 Model Year 2016-2019 BMW X1 SAV vehicles, produced between March 2015 and May 2019, are potentially affected.


Q2. What is the specific issue?

A vertical trim piece on the inside of the vehicle, between the front and rear doors, may marginally exceed a Federal requirement for an unbelted compliance test.


Q3. What can happen as a result of this issue?

In a severe accident, this could increase the risk of injury to the rear seat passengers if they are unbelted.


Q4. Why are other vehicles not included in this Non-Compliance Recall?

Other models are compliant with the Federal requirement (FMVSS 201 Occupant protection in interior impact).


Q5. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes.  However, when you receive a letter requesting you to make an appointment to have this Non-Compliance Recall performed by an authorized BMW center, please do so as soon as possible.  If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information. We recommend that you and your passengers wear your safety belt at all times.


Q6. Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle?

No.  This can only be determined through proper inspection at an authorized BMW center.


Q7. How did BMW become aware of the issue?

BMW became aware of the issue through our quality control procedures.


Q8. How will I be informed of this Non-Compliance Recall?

You will receive a letter in July via First Class mail advising you of this recall.  You will receive another letter when the recall is ready to be performed.  At that time, you should immediately schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have this recall performed.  You can locate your nearest authorized BMW center at

To ensure BMW has the most recent contact and vehicle information, owners should register their vehicle at  Registration is free, and will give them access to factory initiated campaigns and other information specific to their BMW.


Q9. How will my vehicle be repaired?

The repair is still being determined.


Q10. How long will the repair take?

Once the repair has been determined, the repair time will be known. The repair will be performed for free by your authorized BMW center.


Q11. Do I have to wait for my letter to have my vehicle serviced?

Yes.  We are in the process of implementing this Recall to ensure that the necessary parts, tools, and procedures are available, prior to contacting you to schedule your vehicle to have this Recall performed.  For the latest updates to this recall, please visit


4 Affected Products


BMW X1 2016-2019


11 Associated Documents

ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-19V349-7055.pdf 2655.548KB



Miscellaneous Document – RE: 19V-349 X1 B-Pillar Occupant Protection (Trim Piece)

RMISC-19V349-7520.pdf 16.311KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – BMW Delivery Stop & Recall 19V-xxx: B-Pillar Occupant Protection

RCMN-19V349-7356.pdf 179.057KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V349-1601.pdf 245.849KB



Non-Compliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V349-8994.PDF 214.058KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V349-4175.pdf 237.735KB



Recall 573 Report – Amendment 2

RCLRPT-19V349-1636.PDF 214.197KB



ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-19V349-5203.pdf 2777.263KB



Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-4

RCLQRT-19V349-2153.PDF 211.252KB



Recall 573 Report – AMENDMENT 1

RCLRPT-19V349-6943.PDF 214.08KB



Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2019-3

RCLQRT-19V349-3248.PDF 211.144KB



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