Earlier this week, BMW Group has announced recall of 2000 to 2006 Model Year 3 Series cars produced between May 1999 and August 2006. The company has noted defects in passenger side front airbags and will be recalling these cars to replace defective parts.
No complaints of injury or accident have been reported to date, but the company is undertaking this recall as a precautionary and voluntary measure following reports that passenger side front airbags do not open properly. BMW Group will be replacing these parts in 1.6 million cars globally which will also include 574,000 cars from the US.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already issued notices to automakers such as BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota, all of which have been using airbags produced by Japanese supplier, Takata. NHTSA had earlier conducted investigations into six reports of airbag inflator ruptures reported from Florida and Puerto Rico where higher levels of humidity is believed to be the cause of the problem. It was based on these reports that automakers have been instructed to address the risk issue associated with Takata make airbag inflators.
As far as India is concerned, we are awaiting a reply from BMW India as to whether any units from India were affected or not.