BMW Recalls 42K Vehicles in U.S. Over Shrapnel Airbags

BMWGerman luxury automaker BMW has issued a recall for certain older vehicles due to faulty airbags.

The recall affects roughly 220,000 BMW 3-Series convertibles, cars and station wagons, as well as M3 Coupes and Convertibles, from 2002 and 2003 sold around the world, including 42,080 vehicles in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that air bag systems made by Japan’s Takada Corp. in the U.S. and Mexico may deploy improperly due to propellant degradation, Reuters noted.

Takada says that the airbags could malfunction expelling metal fragments and possible starting fires. Passengers could be injured by flying debris during airbag deployment.

BMW said it will have enough components to replace the potentially defective air bag systems during the summer.

In April, Honda (NYSE:HMC), Toyota (NYSE:TM), Nissan (PINK:NSANY) and Mazda were recalled 3.4 million vehicles worldwide, including 1.3 million sold in the U.S., over defective airbag systems made by Takada.

According to BMW not accidents or injuries have been linked to the defective airbags.

Last month, Honda also recalled 205,000 SUVs and Minivans sold in North American due to malfunctioning automatic shifting equipment.

In March, Ford (NYSE:F) recalled 230,000 minivans sold in the U.S. over potentially dangerous rust accumulation in rear wheel wells.

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