Adding further to the woes and numbers of faulty Takata air bags case is German luxury carmaker BMW who have issued a recall of over 1.6 million units of its 3-Series sedan worldwide. The recall affects those models that were built between May 1999 and August 2006 and were sold across the globe.
The air bag inflators in systems made by Japan’s Takata Corporation can rupture. If this happens, the bags might not work properly and could blast what amounts to shrapnel into passengers. Earlier this year, Honda acknowledged the death of two drivers in the US who were killed after being hit by metals shards, which originated from these faulty airbags upon deployment.
BMW however, said its recall is voluntary and the company will replace the air bags that could explode under certain circumstances. The said issue is responsible for over 1 crore vehicle recalls over the last couple of years by auto companies such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford and Chrysler.
Earlier this week, Honda Cars India issued a voluntary recall in the country for 1,085 units of the Honda Accord and 252 units of the Honda CR-V over the same air bags issue. The affected united were built between 2002 and 2003 and have been called back to Honda workshops in order to get the faulty part in the passenger side airbag replaced.