BMW joins the growing list of automakers affected by a defect with airbag modules supplied by Takata, as the company is voluntarily recalling all 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series models to replace the passenger’s side airbag. The defective airbag inflator may rupture incorrectly, possibly causing debris to strike the occupants of the vehicle in the event of the airbags deploying in a crash.
Approximately 574,000 vehicles in the U.S. are affected by this recall. BMW says this new population of cars is an extension of an earlier recall from May 2013 that recalled 42,000 3 Series models in the U.S.; since Takata recently extended the production period of affected supplied airbags, BMW voluntarily issued this recall as a precaution. BMW dealers will replace the entire passenger-side front airbags in affected vehicles at no cost to owners.
Other automakers affected by defective Takata airbags include Chevrolet, who issued a stop-sale of 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze models last month; Honda, who recalled more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S.; Nissan, who recalled approximately 228,000 vehicles; Mazda, who recalled approximately 34,000 cars in high-humidity states; and Toyota, who recalled 844,277 models with Takata airbags earlier this year. Takata has issued a formal apology for this defect and how it has affected its clients, and has made a commitment to improve quality control going forward to prevent issues like this in the future.