BMW recalls 16 lakh 3 Series cars worldwide for airbag replacement

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Airbag manufacturer Takata has been in the news for quite sometime now and all for wrong reasons. All car makers who have used Takata airbags have been recalling number of vehicles for replacement of passenger side airbags. This recall has been initiated after finding out that Takata made use of faulty propellant which may cause the bags to rip and spray the occupants of the car with shrapnel. The latest company to recall its vehicles is BMW.

German car maker BMW has recalled 16 lakh units of its sedan, the 3 Series globally over fears of faulty passenger side airbags. BMW will replace the front passenger-side airbags due to potential problems involving rupturing inflators. A total of 16 lakh units of the 3 Series manufactured between May 1999 and August 2000 would be recalled for the replacement.

BMW has issued this recall as a precautionary measure as other automakers like Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota using similar systems reported issues and recalled their vehicles.

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The carmaker has said that no reports of problems in its vehicles have been reported till date. However, this new recall will exclude 42,000 BMWs that were recalled in May 2013 for the same problem. BMW has stated that it will recall all the vehicles equipped with potentially faulty airbag systems regardless of which part of the world they were sold.

No official confirmation has been made by BMW India on the topic but it is likely to come out soon.

Earlier this week, Honda had voluntarily recalled about 1,085 units of Honda Accord and 252 units of Honda CR-V manufactured in Year 2003 for passenger side airbag replacement.

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