BMW Is Recalling Almost 357-000 Faulty Takata Airbags. BMW advised owners to refrain from driving certain older vehicles as they were revealed to have defective Takata airbags.
A driver in Australia died due to a failed airbag, while another Australian and a driver in Cyprus were injured, according to official documents.
The recent defect is different from the one that caused at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, although both are caused by air pockets that can explode and shoot metal pieces. The company has recalled another 1.4 million airbags from the US market, official documents released Wednesday say.
BMW Is Recalling Almost 357,000 Faulty Takata Airbags.
Among them are more than 116,000 BMWs dating from between 1999 and 2001. About 8,000 definitely have faulty inflators and should not be used, BMW said. The others can operate without any know issues.
In addition, some Audi, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles from 1995 to 2000 were also taken off the road, but the exact models have not been disclosed.
Unlike previous recalls, Takata airbags do not use volatile ammonium nitrate to inflate bags in the event of an impact. But still the material can deteriorate over time and burst too quickly, or it can even cause the bag to not inflate, leaving passengers unprotected in a collision.
Takata revealed that it made about 4.5 million airbags worldwide but only a few are still in use today because they are so old. Defective airbags have problems because their seals are under pressure and can expand or activate at any time.
Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda say they have not yet figured out which models will have to be taken off the road. Mitsubishi and Audi (Volkswagen’s luxury brand) did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
BMW is Recalling 323i and 328i sedans, made between July 1998 and January 1999.
As for BMW’s recall, the company recommended that people refrain from driving certain model 323i and 328i sedans, made between July 1998 and January 1999.
Spokesman Oleg Satanovsky said those vehicles have airbags made by Takata factories and that are defective because they were made before production improvements were made.
BMW has gone as far as contacting junk yards that show they have BMW 323i and 328i models in inventory. They are buying them and trying to take them off the market.
BMW is Also Recalling The Following New Vehicles Made the Year 2000 to 2013
Car Models recalled for driver’s-side airbag replacement:
• 2008 through 2013 BMW 128i and 135i Convertibles and 128i, 135i, and M Coupes
• 2007 through 2010 BMW X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i SUVs
• 2013 through 2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SUVs
• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 coupes
• 2006 through 2011 BMW 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive and M3 sedans
• 2009 through 2011 BMW 335d sedans
• 2006 through 2012 BMW 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive station wagons
• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 335i, 335is, and M3 convertibles
Car Models recalled for driver’s-side airbag inflator replacement only:
• 2007 through 2013 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs
• 2009 through 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d and 2008 through 2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6M SUVs
• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs
Car Models recalled for passenger-side airbag replacement:
• 2000 through 2005 BMW 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i, and 330xi sedans, coupes, and wagons
• 2000 through 2006 BMW 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, M3 Convertible, 323Cic, 325Cic, and 330Cic coupes and convertibles
• 2009 through 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel SUVs
• 2008 through 2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SUVs
• 2007 through 2012 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs
• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs
What is the defect and danger they represent:
The airbag inflators can explode due to a propellant degradation after long-term use exposure and high humidity, extreme heat.
An inflator may explode and may result in sharp shooting metal particles hitting the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious harm or death.
What can you do to check if you have these deadly defective airbags in your BMW car
Contact your local BMW and provide them with your VIN or call 800-525-7417 which is BMW owners customer service.
There is also the BMW website here where you can enter your vin number and verify if your car needs airbags replaced.
This is a very serious threat and should be verified right away if you own any of these vehicles.
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