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BMW Recalls Over 390,000 Older Vehicles in the U.S. Due to Faulty Takata Airbags

German automaker BMW is recalling more than 390,000 vehicles in the United States due to potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. The recall affects 2006-2012 BMW 3 Series Sedans and Sportswagons equipped with PSDI-5 inflators that were not officially approved by BMW.

These airbag inflators, manufactured by the now-bankrupt Japanese automotive parts company Takata Corp, have been the center of the largest and most complex recall process in automotive history. The faulty inflators can explode upon deployment, sending sharp metal fragments into the vehicle’s cabin, posing a severe risk of injury or death to the driver and passengers.

Since 2009, more than 30 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide have been attributed to Takata airbags. The defective inflators prompted a global recall affecting over 100 million vehicles across various automakers. Takata, once the world’s leading supplier of airbags, filed for bankruptcy in 2017 after the scandal led to massive financial and reputational damage.

The latest BMW recall continues the industry-wide effort to replace these dangerous inflators. Investigations by Takata and independent laboratories found that the PSDI-5 inflators are particularly susceptible to rupture after prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

BMW’s recall underscores the ongoing impact of the Takata crisis. Despite the company’s bankruptcy and subsequent disappearance from the market, the legacy of their faulty airbags continues to affect millions of vehicle owners and manufacturers globally. The automaker urges owners of the affected models to have their vehicles repaired as soon as possible, emphasizing that the repairs will be conducted free of charge.

As the automotive industry grapples with the aftermath of the Takata debacle, ensuring the safety of drivers and passengers remains paramount. The BMW recall highlights the critical importance of addressing potential hazards promptly and effectively, protecting consumers from the lingering dangers of faulty components.

This latest action reinforces the message to vehicle owners: if you receive a recall notice, act immediately. Your safety could depend on it.

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Daniel Russo
Daniel Russo
Daniel Russo is a contributing writer for CBT News. A lifetime automotive and motorsports enthusiast, Danny combines a passion for the automotive industry with a knack for creating meaningful content. He is savvy in the latest automotive industry trends and has expertise in all aspects of digital marketing. Originally from California, Danny now calls beautiful Northern Colorado home.

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