BMW recalls 1.6 million cars on airbag concerns

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BMW Group is recalling 1.6 million of its popular 3 Series vehicles, making it the latest global automaker to issue a massive recall based on concerns over airbag safety.

Last month the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said seven automakers — BMW, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Chrysler and Ford — would be recalling vehicles to fix a possible safety defect in air bag inflators built by the Japanese firm, Takata.

Thousands of GM vehicles have also been recalled over similar Takata-built airbag problems.

The recall affects BMW cars manufactured between mid-1999 and mid-2006. The company said roughly 574,000 cars could be recalled in the U.S.

This follows a NHTSA investigation into six reports of airbag inflator ruptures that occurred in other vehicles, all of which happened in Florida and Puerto Rico. High levels of humidity are believed to contribute to the airbag problem.

BMW said it had not received any reports about problems with its airbags.

Including an earlier announcement, BMW has now recalled about 1.8 million 3 Series vehicles over these airbag issues. Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda have also recalled millions of vehicles related to issues with the Takata-made airbag inflators.

Takata said last month it would work with the automakers to replace the problematic parts in Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands — places that are known to have high humidity.

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2 comments

  • sinner 3

    Overpriced Bavarian garbage,all ways in the shop,waiting on parts!! Mit 3000 gt so much better and faster !!

    • JT

      Ever own one of these? Didn’t think so. NEVER a problem with my 2002 BMW. And if you think a MIt will outrun an M3, you are dumber than I ever thought you were (and that’s really saying something).

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