It’s not often that we hear about an Alpina model being recalled, but the first ever XB7 will have to be taken back to the dealer for repairs, alongside the regular BMW X7 and certain X5 models.
The problem is that some of them may have been “equipped with second-row outboard seats that may contain head restraints with a design configuration intended for a different vehicle model”, which “may not contain the specific number of notches on the attachment rods inserted into the seatback”, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains.
Needless to say that the incorrect head restraints would not secure backseat occupants in the event of a collision, as they could simply detach, resulting in serious injury. The problem, which is blamed on the supplier, Grammer Americas of Mexico, affects a total of 258 vehicles in North America, such as the the 2021 Alpina XB7, BMW X7 xDrive40i and X7 M50i, X5 xDrive 45e, X5 sDrive40i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M50i. These will all be inspected by the automaker’s authorized technicians, who will replace the components if necessary.
BMW will reach out to owners on May 3 via First Class mail, instructing them to take their rides to an authorized center for the remedy. Dealers were informed earlier this month and the recall is expected to begin in the first week of May. BMW’s customer service can be contacted at 1-800-525-7417 by concerned owners who want to find out more about the recall, and they can also get in touch with the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
2021 Alpina XB7 pictured