TEMPO.CO, Detroit - BMW will recall around 220,000 of its vehicles around the world due to airbags issues. They were equipped and produced by Takata in Moses Lake, Washington, between the year of 2002 and 2003. Takata Corp. is currently the world’s second largest airbag producer.
The Takata-made airbags may not inflate perfectly. There is a high risk of passengers getting injured. The recall included BMW's popular 3-Series sedans: coupes, convertibles, and station wagons. BMW M3 Coupe and M3 Convertible will also be withdrawn.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that 42,080 vehicles will be recalled in the United States. As many of 64,044 vehicles at BMW Headquarter in Germany, 24,272 in Britain, 13,022 in Italy, 10,449 in France, 9,954 in Spain, and 7,890 in Japan.
Dave Buckho, BMW spokesman, said that the repair of the airbags will start in July. There has not been any accident nor injury reported related to the flawed airbags.
Last April, Japanese car manufaturers recalled 3,4 million cars from the market due to a similar problem. The cars were also produced by Takata Corp,. Toyota recalled around 1,73 million cars produced between November 2000 and March 2004, including 580,000 cars in North America and 490,000 in Europe. Honda recalled 1,14 million cars, while Nissan and Mazda will respectively pull back 480,000, and 45,463 units.
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