The Takata airbag scandal has become the largest and most complex automotive recall in history. The airbags, which utilize a chemical called ammonium nitrate to deploy, can explode with too much force. This can send metal shrapnel flying in the car. The shrapnel has killed more than two dozen people so far and injured hundreds of others. So far, millions of vehicles have been recalled. Most have been model years 2002 through 2015. Although many manufacturers have completed their repairs, recalls are still expected to continue. All dealerships will fix the airbags for free and some will supply a vehicle to use while the repairs are taking place.
Consumer Reports is reporting that BMW has recalled cars and SUVs to replace faulty airbags for a second time.
BMW is recalling nearly 357,000 of its vehicles as a part of the Takata airbag recall effort. Related models include a number of vehicles from model years 2000 through 2013. The models included are X1, X3, X5, and X6 SUVs. It also includes 1 Series and 3 Series sedans, wagons, coupes, and convertibles.
These vehicles were already recalled where a temporary fix was put into place until a permanent repair became available. Even if the interim repair has been completed, owners will need to bring in their vehicles for the replacement.
Some vehicles need only the driver’s side airbag replaced. Others need just the passenger’s side airbag replaced. Some vehicles need only the inflator replaced.
BMW will repair the vehicles free of charge. They are expected to begin the recalls on March 6, 2020.
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