Takata recalls 1.4 million BMW 3-Series cars over air bag defect
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It would appear that the reason they weren’t discovered is that there weren’t tragedies, which we can be thankful for. On the other hand, where was the quality control?
Takata is recalling 1.4 million front driver inflators in BMW 3-Series cars after finding a new and distinct air bag problem, according to government documents posted Wednesday. BMW is warning owners of some older 3-series cars to stop driving them.
At least one driver has been killed by the malfunction, while another Australian and a driver in Cyprus were injured, according to government documents.
The recently discovered malfunction is different than the defect that led to at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the result, like the earlier issue, leads to air bags that can explode and hurl shrapnel, killing or injuring people.
Included in the recall Wednesday are more than 116,000 BMW 3-Series cars from the 1999 to 2001 model years. About 8,000 definitely have faulty inflators and should be parked, BMW said. The rest can still be driven.
In addition, certain Audi, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles made from 1995 to 2000 also are being recalled, but information on which models was not available Wednesday.
Takata air bags have been the subject of ongoing recalls since 2014, when government issued an urgent letter advising consumers to take immediate action to fix exploding air bags. The explosions from the defective air bags can send shrapnel through a vehicle, injuring or even killing drivers and passengers. But the latest BMW recall involves a different type of inflator.
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