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BMW have asked and received an extension from the US safety agency of a previous deadline to replace some defective Takata airbags, as the replacement ones could also fail.

The Munich-based premium automaker has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will not be able to meet its March 31 deadline to acquire Takata airbag replacement parts for a massive recall campaign, as required by an agreement made with the US auto safety agency in November 2015. The substitute inflator that BMW’s supplier developed to replace the defective Takata PSDI-4 driver-side air bag inflator failed during recent testing, NHTSA announced in a statement. “In order to ensure that unsafe air bag inflators are replaced with safe ones, NHTSA is requiring BMW to acquire a sufficient supply no later than August 31, 2016,” the agency said. “NHTSA’s priority continues to be ensuring that unsafe air bag inflators are replaced with safe ones.”

The delays affect 420,000 recalled vehicles and about 100,000 of these have high risks of airbags ruptures. BMW issued a safety action in February for 840,000 cars from 2006 through 2015 that were not part of the previous recall of 765,000 cars. The new campaign 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.