Takata Corporation of Japan has been all over the news for many, many months due to its dangerously defective airbags. Linked to more than 15 deaths around the world, most in America, and countless product liability claims, a Takata recall impacted millions of vehicles from numerous automakers. The company’s notoriety continues to grow with a recent BMW AG recall.
BMW has voluntarily recalled 230,000 vehicles in the United States after fears arose that some cars could have a Takata airbag inflator within. In 2000, Petri AG was purchased by Takata. Consequently, any BMW vehicle that underwent repairs or parts replacement due to an accident after 2000 could have had a Takata inflator installed.
Models affected in this most-recent of BMW recalls include:
- X5 (2001 – 2002)
- 3 Series (2000 – 2002)
- 5 Series (2001 – 2003)
If you have a BMW model that fits these descriptions, please notify a local BMW distributor or shop for more information. You can also visit https://www.safercar.gov/ to review the recall status of your automobile based on its VIN number, model, and more. Takata airbags are known to explode violently and kill or maim with metal shrapnel; checking the recall status of your vehicle should be a priority for your own health and safety.
Problem Could Be Even Greater
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has expressed new concern over the BMW recall. It is not clear to BMW how many of their vehicles will have a Takata airbag within it. The CAS warns that any number of other automakers could be facing the same situation and not know it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been urged to open an investigation into the likelihood of more Takata airbags being used as replacements in vehicles that did not have that brand of airbag originally.