Takata Airbag Defect Affects BMW Now Prompting Recall

Takata Airbag Defect Affects BMW Now Prompting Recall

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The Takata airbag-related recalls are not exactly new, and in the last month, several automakers had to recall their models owing to this issue. Now, German luxury carmaker BMW is the latest victim of the airbag defect. The company has decided to recall specific models that are laden with the defective airbag part. The documents filed by BMW with NHTSA show the affected models. These are 1999 made 328i and 323i models. This recall covers nearly 8000 cars. These vehicles feature a Takata produced driver airbag inflator. As per the finding, these inflators may lack stabilized ammonium nitrate-based propellant. As a result, moisture formation may lead to an explosion of the airbags. The airbags may not inflate well if a crash takes place, which can be harmful to the passengers of such cars.

If the airbags explode, the passenger and driver can get hurt by shrapnel. The issue came up after an Australian driver received an injury in this way, who was driving a BMW 3 Series model. A driver lost his life who was driving a 1998 BMW 3 Series. The cars had parts made in 1998 investigation revealed. However, BMW has many other vehicles that are covered by spate Takata airbag recall. Two more recalls include approx 74,000 3 Series vehicles and 34,000 BMW 3 Series coupes.

Now that the airbag defect is out in the open, BMW is taking all measures to repair the affected vehicles without delay. The modified cars will be inspected by the dealership, and the airbag inflators will undergo thorough checks. If it is needed, the affected vehicle owners will get free new airbag units- the company said. However, BMW has not given any fixed time frame for the resolution of the issue. There are no injury reports in the USA as of now, but the carmakers want to play safe. The company thinks by 2020; a fix will be ready. The owners of the affected models are being informed now. The Takata airbag issue has affected many other top players in the automobile sector, including Audi, Toyota, and Honda.