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BMW recalls 394,000 vehicles with Takata airbags
BMW recalls 394,000 vehicles with Takata airbags

MW calls 394,000 older Vehicles with airbags that can explode and hurl metal fragments at the driver are the latest in a series of Takata recalls that began more than a decade ago.

The recall affects certain four-door sedans in the BMW 3 Series from model years 2006 to 2011 as well as 3 Series Sportswagon vehicles from model years 2009 to 2011.

The regulatory authorities are particularly According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are concerns that some of the vehicles may have been modified by owners to have sport or M-Sport steering wheels – high-performance steering wheels that resemble those found on race cars – and to use airbags made by now-defunct supplier Takata.

“Certain vehicles may include a Sport or M-Sport steering wheel equipped with a Takata driver front airbag module that contains a PSDI-5 inflator that may have been installed by an owner, although it was not officially offered/approved by BMW as a replacement part,” the NHTSA wrote in It is Recall announcement.

The latest recall adds to the list of safety problems related to airbags made by Takata, which went bankrupt in 2017 and its assets. Over the years, tens of millions of Takata airbags have been recalled by various automakers. In the last two years alone, at least four manufacturers have issued warnings against driving with Takata airbags in older vehicles.

In older airbags, the inflator, a device that shoots gas into the airbag to quickly inflate it, can be subjected to excessive internal pressure when deployed, the NHTSA explained. This can cause the inflator to rupture and eject metal fragments.

According to a recall report filed by NHTSA on July 3, BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the steering wheel problem in the U.S. Dealers are being notified. of the problem on Wednesday and will inform the owners by 23.August.

It’s common for recalls to affect only a portion of the vehicles involved. No major automaker has come anywhere close to removing all Takata airbags from vehicles it has already sold, so millions of them are still on the road, says Michael Brooks of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety.

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Many of these airbags have now reached an age where the probability of bursting is as high as 50 percent, Brooks said.

“This is a critical problem now, and in five years even more vehicles will reach an age where it is a critical problem,” he said. “As long as these airbags are on the roads, we will see tragedies.”

According to vehicle information company Carfax, an estimated 6.4 million vehicles in the United States were equipped with Takata airbags as of May 2024.

By Everly