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Published on July 10, 2024
BMW Recalls Over 390,000 U.S. Vehicles for Potential Airbag Explosions Linked to Takata InflatorsSource: Unsplash/ Christian Velitchkov

Owners of certain BMW models should be aware that the German carmaker has announced a significant recall affecting more than 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to potentially hazardous airbags. BMW's recall, detailed today, includes 3 Series Sedan and Sportswagon models produced between 2006 and 2012. These vehicles might have aftermarket steering wheels installed with Takata's PSDI-5 inflators, which are prone to explode upon airbag deployment, as reported by Reuters.

The concern with the PSDI-5 inflators, which use ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags in a crash, is that they could lead to "overly aggressive combustion." In some cases, the inflator could rupture, sending metal fragments through the airbag and potentially causing grave injuries or even fatalities to passengers, as explained in documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to CBS News Miami, the free replacement of the driver-side airbag module is being offered by dealers to solve the issue.

The NHTSA has been overseeing this extensive recall, which is part of a broader and lengthy initiative involving Takata airbag inflators. Over the decade, Takata recalls have affected more than 100 million vehicles worldwide after it was discovered that the inflators could degrade over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, as noted by Reuters. Notably, this flawed part has been linked to more than 30 reported deaths and numerous injuries globally.

To assist owners of the recalled vehicles, BMW is expected to begin sending notification letters on August 23. Concerned BMW owners can reach out to the automaker's customer service at (800) 525-7417 for further assistance. The specific recall identification number assigned by BMW is "24V513". Those seeking more information can also contact the NHTSA's safety hotline or visit their website for additional details, as stated by CBS News Miami. Despite this recall being a precautionary measure, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries in the U.S. related to this specific airbag issue.

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