BMW Recalls More Than 390,000 US Cars Over Potential Issues With Takata Airbags

By Trisha Andrada

Jul 11, 2024 07:00 AM EDT

BMW has issued a recall for 394,000 cars in the United States because of defective Takata airbag inflators that might cause severe or fatal injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Wednesday.

Affected BMW Vehicles

The Washington Post reported that certain BMW 3 Series four-door sedans from 2006 to 2011 and 3 Series Sportswagon models from 2009 to 2011 are part of the recall.

The NHTSA warned that an airbag inflator might explode and send deadly sharp metal fragments flying that could hurt the driver or others inside the vehicle.

Although BMW said this notice only affects recalled airbag inflators, it is possible replacement steering wheels in some cars were installed with faulty airbags.

When owners bring their cars to dealers for inspections, and a recalled airbag is discovered, the steering wheel will be replaced. According to BMW, no accidents or injuries have been associated with the current recall.

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Takata Airbag Scandal

Takata Corp., a Japanese car parts manufacturer, is undergoing the biggest and most complicated recall procedure ever because of defective airbag inflators.

According to Reuters, Takata airbags used in cars made by various companies have been responsible for over 30 fatalities and hundreds of injuries since 2009.

Almost 100 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators have been subject to recalls throughout the last 10 years. After the scandal in 2017, Takata, previously the top supplier of airbags globally, declared bankruptcy.

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