BMW recalls 394,000 vehicles equipped with Takata airbags

MW is recalling 394,000 old cars For vehicles equipped with airbags that can explode and send metal fragments flying toward the driver, it’s the latest in a series of recalls started by Takata more than a decade ago.

The vehicles involved Memorization These include certain BMW 3 Series four-door sedan cars from model years 2006 to 2011, and 3 Series Sportswagon cars from 2009 to 2011.

Regulatory Particulars According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is concern that some vehicles may have been modified by owners to include sport or M-sport steering wheels — performance steering wheels that resemble those on race cars — that use air bags made by now-defunct supplier Takata.

“Certain vehicles may have a Sport or M-Sport steering wheel equipped with a Takata driver’s front air bag module containing a PSDI-5 inflator that can be installed by the owner, even though it is not officially offered/approved by BMW as a replacement part,” NHTSA wrote. Its Announcement of recall.

The latest recall adds to a list of safety problems related to air bags manufactured by Takata, which went bankrupt and was sold in 2017 from its properties. Millions of Takata air bags have been recalled by various auto manufacturers over the past few years. Also in the past two years, at least four manufacturers have issued “do not drive” warnings related to Takata air bags in older vehicles.

NHTSA said the inflator in older air bags, a device that quickly inflates the air bag by filling it with gas, can have excessive internal pressure when opened. This can cause the inflator to rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out.

According to the NHTSA recall, BMW has not received any reports of crashes or injuries in the United States related to the steering wheel problem. Report Will be launched on July 3. Dealers will be informed The issue will be discussed on Wednesday and will reach the owners by 2020. 23 August.

Auto recalls only cover a small number of vehicles. Michael Brooks of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety said no major auto manufacturer has come close to removing all Takata air bags from vehicles already sold, leaving millions of vehicles still on the road.

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Brooks said many of these airbags have now reached an age where they have a 50 percent chance of bursting.

“It’s a serious concern now, and in five years we’ll have even more vehicles that will reach the age where they become a serious concern,” he said. “As long as these air bags are on the road, we’ll continue to see tragedies happen.”

An estimated 6.4 million U.S. vehicles still have Takata air bags installed by May 2024, according to vehicle information company Carfax.

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