BMW expands Takata airbag recall
The reach of potentially lethal Takata airbags has expanded to include versions of BMW's passenger cars and SUVs sold in Australia between 2004 and 2016.
The Takata airbag recall has now affected 100 million vehicles world wide, and 2 million in Australia alone.
The recall aims to replace faulty driver-side Takata airbags that may either split when deployed in a crash, or in extreme cases shoot small fragments of metal and plastic at the people they are suppose to protect.
The latest recall includes the BMW 1 Series built between 2004-15, the BMW 3 Series built between 2005-14, the BMW X1 built between 2009-16, and the BMW X3 built between 2004-10.
BMW has said, "affected Takata airbag inflators could kill or seriously injure vehicle occupants if deployed.
"Customers are advised to contact their preferred authorised BMW dealer or BMW Australia immediately to book the free rectification.”
This is the first of several staged recalls for BMW-badged products to replace the faulty airbags. The next stage of the recall is expected in about mid-December and covers the driver-side airbag in just about every model in BMW’s showroom built between 2012-17, aside from the “i” cars and the flagship 7 Series.
The third stage of BMW’s recall roll-out will replace passenger-side airbags in versions of the BMW 3 Series built between 2001-03, and 1998-2006. BMW has previously recalled the 3 Series built between 2001-03 to replace the more dangerous driver-side Alpha airbag that has already been linked to one death and a serious injury in Australia. According to BMW’s airbag replacement schedule, the early-model 3 Series airbag’s replacement will be a “like-for-like”, suggesting the replacement airbag will also need to swap out for a safer version within a few years.
Brands affected by the recall include Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Holden, Honda, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Skoda, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Brand-new cars are still being added to the list; vehicles including 2018 model year versions of the Ferrari: 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, F12 Berlinetta, F12 tdf and GTC4 Lusso, the Holden Barina, Trax and Cruze, and the Skoda Octavia, Superb, Kodiaq, Rapid and Fabia.