Recall 20V-283: Rollover Sensor – 2020 BMW X1 & X2

May 20, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V283000

Air Bags May Not Deploy in Rollover

If the safety systems do not deploy as intended in a roll over crash, it may increase the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V283

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 76



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2020 X1 xDrive28i, X1 sDrive28i, X2 xDrive28i and X2 sDrive28i, 2020 MINI Clubman Cooper S All4, 2021 MINI Hardtop 2 Door (Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works and Cooper S E) and MINI Hardtop 4 Door (Cooper and Cooper S) vehicles. Due to a problem with the rollover sensor within the air bag control unit, in the event of a rollover crash, the head air bag, seat belt pretensioners and other safety systems, may not activate.



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control unit, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin on July 13, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.



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

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What’s New:

  • The title has been changed
  • This campaign has been upgraded to a Recall
  • Recall Notice and Q&A has been added



E-Series Model Description Production Date
F39 X2 Sports Activity Coupe March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020
F48 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020



Vehicles which require this Campaign to be completed will show it as “Open” when checked either in AIR, the “Service Menu” of DCSnet (Dealer Communication System), ISPA Next or Warranty Vehicle Inquiry.



BMW AG has upgraded this campaign to a Safety Recall (effective May 20, 2020) which was initially released as a Delivery Stop on May 8, 2020.  This recall affects a small number of Model Year 2020 BMW X1 SAV and X2 SAC vehicles that were produced on March 18, 2020 and March 19, 2020.

The rollover sensor may not have been produced to specifications by the supplier.  In a rollover, the head air bag and safety belt pretensioner may not deploy as intended which could increase the risk of injury.

The Recall notice and Q&A have been attached for further information.


The bulletin will be updated when additional information becomes available.  Supporting Materials

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

RE: Recall 20V-xxx: Rollover Sensor – B65 11 20

BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective May 20, 2020) for a small number of Model Year 2020 BMW X1 SAV and X2 SAC vehicles that were produced on March 18, 2020 and March 19, 2020.   

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.

Safety Recall 20V-xxx
Rollover Sensor
Model Year 2020
BMW X1, X2
Last Update: 05/20/2020


Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall?

Certain Model Year 2020 BMW X1 SAV and X2 SAC models in the US, produced between March 18, 2020 and March 19, 2020, are potentially affected.


Q2. What is the specific issue?

The rollover sensor may not have been produced to specifications by the supplier.  In a rollover, the head air bag and safety belt pretensioner may not deploy as intended which could increase the risk of injury.


Q3. Why are other models / vehicles not included in this Safety Recall?

The rollover sensor in other models was produced to specifications by the supplier.


Q4. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

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


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



Q6. How did BMW become aware of the issue?

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


Q7. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

Letters will be mailed to owners in July via First Class mail to advising them of this Safety Recall and requesting them to schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have the repair 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.


Q8. How will my vehicle be repaired?

The air bag control unit (which contains the rollover sensor) will be replaced for free and will take about one hour.


Q9. Do I have to wait for my letter to have my vehicle serviced?

Yes.  BMW is in the process of ensuring that the necessary tools, parts, and procedures are available prior to contacting you to schedule an appointment with your authorized BMW center to have this important Safety Recall performed.  For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit


8 Affected Products


BMW X1 2020
BMW X2 2020
MINI COOPER 2020-2021
MINI COOPER S 2020-2021

4 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-20V283-2851.pdf 244.373KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Memo Broadcast re Rollover Sensor

RCMN-20V283-0008.pdf 165.269KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-20V283-2137.PDF 218.907KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Technical Service Memo re MINI Recall 20V-xxx: Rollover Sensor

RCMN-20V283-4041.pdf 129.865KB

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