October 17, 2016 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 16V747000

Seat Belt may Not Lock/FMVSS 209

In the event of a crash where heavy braking is applied, the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) may activate when the occupant is more forward in the seat, possibly increasing the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V747

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected 15,455



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, MINI Hardtop 4 Door Cooper, Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper S, MINI Cooper Clubman, and Cooper S Clubman, 2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost, and 2016 528i vehicles. The vehicle-sensitive locking mechanism of the seat belt Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) for the driver’s seat may not lock as designed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s seat belt assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 2, 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 MINI has a Recall

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F54 Cooper Clubman F55 Cooper Hardtop 4-Dr



BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Non-Compliance Recall (effective May 9, 2019) on certain Model Year 2016-2017 MINI vehicles that were produced from May 2016 through September 2016. Due to a supplier production issue, the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) of the driver safety belt may be out of specification.

Approximately 8,072 vehicles are affected by this delivery stop/recall.

Affected vehicles show the campaign as “Open” when checked either in Warranty Vehicle Inquiry, AIR or ISPA Next and identified with the description: STOP311783 M720119 Recall: Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR).

All of the other systems including DAR and the RDR system will show the Stop Sale Sign starting tomorrow. Please utilize the Inventory Campaign Details under ROSS which shows all vehicles that have a Stop Sale in your inventory.

The Recall Notice and Q&A have been attached for further information and the bulletin will be updated when more information becomes available.

Supporting Materials

picture_as_pdf M720119 Recall Notice.pdf

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

RE:  Recall 16V-747:  Emergency Locking Retractor M72 01 19

BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Non-Compliance Recall (effective May 9, 2019) on certain Model Year 2016-2017 MINI vehicles that were produced from May 2016 through September 2016.

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.

Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
Model Year 2016-2017
BMW – F48, F07, F10
MINI – F54, F55
Rolls-Royce – RR4
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208 and 209
Last Updated 5/9/2019


Q1.  Which BMW Group models in the US are potentially affected by this issue?

Approximately 15,483 BMW Group models in the US, as noted below, are potentially affected.

Series Model Model Year Approx. Volume Production Dates
F48 X1 SAV 2016 – 2017 7,382 May 2016 – Oct 2016
F10 5 Series 2016 1 June 2, 2016
F54 Cooper Clubman 2016 – 2017 5,102 May 2016 – Sept 2016
F55 Cooper Hardtop 4-Dr 2016 – 2017 2,970 May 2016 – Sept 2016
RR4 Ghost 2017 28 Aug 2016 – Sept 2016


Q2.  What is the specific issue?

Due to a supplier production issue, the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) of the driver safety belt may be out of specification.  Therefore, it may not fully conform to a Federal Regulation (FMVSS 209 – Seat belt assemblies) as it slightly exceeds a performance requirement.  The safety belt is also equipped with a secondary ELR that is fully functional.


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

In a crash, the vehicle occupant may be in a slightly more forward position when the ELR activates which could increase the risk of injury. The safety belt is also equipped with a secondary ELR that is fully functional.


Q4. Why are other models not affected?

Other models have been produced with parts produced to specification.


Q5.  Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle?



Q6.  How did BMW Group become aware of the issue?

BMW became aware of this issue through its quality control procedures.


Q7.  Is BMW Group aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue?



Q8.  Can customers continue to drive their vehicles?

Yes.  However, when you receive a letter requesting you to make an appointment to have this 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.


Q9.  How will I be informed of this 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.


Q10. How will my vehicle be repaired?

The driver’s seatbelt will be replaced. The repair will be performed for free and can take up to one hour. Additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center’s schedule.


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

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


8 Affected Products


BMW 528I 2016
BMW X1 2016-2017
MINI COOPER 2016-2017
MINI COOPER S 2016-2017

12 Associated Documents

Non-Compliance Notice 573 Report/FMVSS 209

RCLRPT-16V747-3031.PDF 218.197KB

Download (PDF, 213KB)

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-16V747-6138.pdf 293.553KB

Download (PDF, 287KB)

Recall 573 Report – AMENDMENT 2

RCLRPT-16V747-9348.PDF 216.778KB

Download (PDF, 212KB)

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Subject: BMW Recall 16V-747: Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

RCMN-16V747-8011.pdf 178.973KB

Download (PDF, 175KB)

Miscellaneous Document

RMISC-16V747-5957.pdf 91.304KB

Download (PDF, 89KB)

Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-16V747-9529.PDF 218.244KB

Download (PDF, 213KB)

Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-16V747-6665.PDF 218.244KB

Download (PDF, 213KB)

NHTSA Originated Correspondence

RCNOC-16V747-9045.pdf 382.377KB

Download (PDF, 373KB)

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Subject: MINI Recall 16V-747: Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

RCMN-16V747-5536.pdf 220.297KB

Download (PDF, 215KB)

Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-16V747-8136.pdf 88.479KB

Download (PDF, 86KB)

Recall 573 Report – AMENDMENT 3

RCLRPT-16V747-4681.PDF 216.485KB

Download (PDF, 211KB)

Miscellaneous Document

RMISC-16V747-8136.pdf 131.53KB

Download (PDF, 128KB)

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