After the recall announcement made by Volkswagen and Daimler this week, BMW joined the group with another 840,000 affected cars.
The three largest German automakers said this week they would recall 2.5 million vehicles from the United States, equipped with Takata defective airbags, actions that extend the long safety crisis involving the Japanese automotive supplier. The recall week started on Tuesday when Daimler announced a safety campaign over the faulty airbags affecting around 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and about 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States, a costly move that is forcing the automaker to pay 340 million euros for fixing the problem.
The following day, Volkswagen also issued a recall that included its main brand with 680,000 affected vehicles and its luxury Audi marque with 170,000 cars. VW said its US recalls included 2006 to 2010 model year Passat sedans and wagons made in Germany, 2012-2014 Eos as well as Passats made in the United States, 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen and 2009-2014 Volkswagen CC.
If Audi has previously recalled only 588 Q5 models from 2015 for defective side airbags, the expansion includes now 2006–2013 A3, 2006–2009 A4 cabriolet, 2009–2012 Q5 and 2010–2011 A5 cabriolet.
Finally, BMW joined the group with 840,000 cars from 2006 through 2015 that were not part of the previous action of 765,000 cars. This time, the recall affects 2006–2011 3-series sedan and M3, 2006–2012 3-series wagon, 2007–2013 3-series and M3 coupe and convertible, 2007–2010 X3, 2007–2013 X5 and X5 M, 2008–2013 1-series coupe and convertible, 2008–2014 X6 and X6 M and 2013–2015 X1.
Last week, Honda recalled 2.23 million vehicles in the US over the same issue, while Ford called back 361,000 Ranger pickup trucks and Mazda nearly 20,000 B-Series trucks.