The German automaker has also been an integral part of the ongoing Takata airbag debacle saga and now it has announced it will service another 110,000 autos that use the flawed safety system in Japan.
No less than 44 different models from the BMW lineup are being affected in this latest recall, with models such as the 116i and 118i hatchbacks, and the 320i sedan. The vehicles have been manufactured between 2004 and 2012 and will now be serviced at the dealerships because they need to have the passenger-side front airbags replaced. Takata’s airbags have been linked to at least 14 fatalities and 150 injuries across the globe since the start of the recalls because they deploy an ammonium nitrate inflator that can become unstable and explode when exposed to hot and humid conditions for a long time. In case of an accident, the inflators can deploy metal shrapnel into the interior of the car.
BMW is of course not alone in using Takata airbags, with other major automakers including Volkswagen, Honda, Mazda, Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Mazda, and Ford using the same safety system that is now subject to the automotive industry’s largest worldwide recall. Starting May the Japanese transport ministry triggered through an order the recall of 7 million Takata airbag-equipped cars in the country – and the United States authorities have also issued a similar order.