Airbags Recall: BMW Alerts Owners of Deadly Risk Formerly Ignored

Los Angeles, California – BMW is recalling nearly 400,000 older vehicles in the United States due to airbags which might explode, posing a dangerous risk to drivers. This recall is part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall that dates back over a decade. The affected vehicles include certain BMW 3 Series four-door Sedans ranging from 2006 to 2011, as well as 3 Series Sportswagon vehicles from 2009 to 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expressed concerns that some of the vehicles may have been modified by owners to include sport or M-sport steering wheels, which use airbags manufactured by the now-defunct supplier Takata. According to NHTSA, there is a potential risk associated with utilizing these modified steering wheels equipped with Takata airbag modules, which may not have been officially approved by BMW.

Takata, the airbag supplier, went bankrupt in 2017, prompting numerous recalls from various auto manufacturers due to safety issues with their airbags. The inflaters in Takata’s airbags can experience excessive internal pressure upon deployment, leading to ruptures and the projection of hazardous metal fragments. Despite the efforts of multiple manufacturers to address the issue, there are still millions of vehicles with Takata airbags on the roads.

BMW has not received reports of any accidents or injuries related to the steering wheel issue in the United States. Dealers will be notified of the problem, and owners will be contacted by direct communication before August 23. Michael Brooks from the Center for Auto Safety highlighted the urgency of the situation, noting that as these airbags age, the risk of rupture increases significantly.

The concern over the remaining Takata airbags on the roads is growing, with an estimated 6.4 million U.S. vehicles still equipped with them as of May 2024. Experts warn that this poses a serious safety hazard, emphasizing the need for action to prevent potential tragedies. As the automotive industry continues to address the Takata airbag recall, the safety of drivers and passengers remains a top priority.