Air Bag Recall Spreads to BMW; G.M. Recalls Some eAssist Models

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The widespread air bag recall affecting about 3.3 million Japanese vehicles last month has apparently spread to BMW as well. BMW says it will recall about 42,000 of its 2002-3 3 Series models because a passenger side air bag defect could send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

BMW’s passenger-side air bags were produced by Takata, the Japanese company that also supplied air bags for Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda, which were also swept up in the recall. In a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month, Takata noted that it had also supplied BMW with air bags. At the time, BMW said it did not know how many vehicles it would have to recall.

Dave Buchko, a BMW spokesman, wrote Monday in an e-mail that no cases of air bag deployments or injuries related to the issue have been reported.

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