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BMW recalls nearly 200,000 crossovers for child seat troubles

A part of the system that secures child seats to the vehicle could be damaged over time, increasing risk of injury.

Affected X3s stretch all the way back to the 2011 model, seen here.

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Crossovers are quite hip among younger parents who want to eschew the stereotype of minivan ownership. These lifted hatchbacks provide the right amount of capacity and functionality, and they're often marketed towards growing families. BMW's crossovers are as kid-friendly as any other automaker's, although a new recall may give some owners pause before setting out on a family roadtrip.

BMW is issuing a recall for 188,670 X3 and X4 crossovers in the US. Globally, some 622,000 vehicles are affected. The affected 2011-2017 X3s have build dates between July 2010 and April 2016, and the 2015-2017 X4s in question were built between March 2014 and April 2016.

The issue lies with the anchor bars that help affix children's car seats to the vehicle. A specific type of car seat connection -- IsoFix-type, rigid-style connectors -- can cause the lower anchor bars to be damaged over time. As the bars become damaged, the likelihood for injury in a collision will rise. This type of connector is more popular in Europe than the US.

The recall's fix is expected to begin in July. When the affected vehicles are brought into dealerships, service departments will add reinforcing brackets to the cars' anchor bars. That should keep everything neat, tidy and -- most importantly -- safe for your young 'un.

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