BMW is recalling about 220,000 vehicles around the world as part of a larger recall due to issues in airbags made by supplier Takata Corp. BMW’s recall will cover BMW's popular 3-Series sedans, coupes, convertibles and station wagons for model years 2002 and 2003. It will also cover BMW M3 Coupe and M3 Convertible models.
In April 2013, Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp. made a similar recall that affected 3.4 million vehicles around the world, of which around 1.3 million were in the United States. As for BMW, its latest recall will involve 64,044 vehicles in Germany. BMW will also recall 42,080 vehicles in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall will also affect 24,272 vehicles in the United Kingdom, 13,022 in Italy, 10,449 in France, 9,954 in Spain and 7,890 in Japan.
BMW spokesman Dave Buchko said that the carmaker expects to repair some parts of the recalled vehicles starting in July 2013, adding that the German company was not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, or of any improper deployments of the airbags in its vehicles. In each of the recalls, the Takata-made airbags for the front passenger seat may not inflate properly due to the manufacturing defect in the propellant used in the airbag inflator.
This may result to fires starting or of passengers being injured by metal fragments shooting up toward the windshield or down into the passenger foot. The concerned Takata airbags were produced from April 2000 to September 2002 at its Moses Lake plant in Washington, according to BMW's NHTSA report. The agency also said that propellant components in the airbags may have been produced with an insufficient compaction force.