In late December, BMW expanded on a previously issued recall in the United States for any BMW 3 Series vehicles produced from January 2004 to August 2006, which contain Takata airbags. According to The New York Times, BMW’s updated Takata airbag recall includes approximately 140,000 vehicles and covers the entire country.
The initial recall issued by BMW only included around 11,700 vehicles and was limited to Hawaii, Florida and Puerto Rico. BMW expanded its recall following pressure from federal regulators.
The Takata airbags are being recalled because the inflators in them can over-pressurize and rupture during a car accident, sending shards of hot metal fragments into the vehicle’s cabin. So far, there have been five deaths linked to the defect as well as dozens of injuries. BMW is one of 11 carmakers that have issued Takata airbag recalls, which now include almost 20 million vehicles.
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