December 3, 2023Business Desk

BMW recalls SUVs in the United States over safety concerns

BMW is recalling 486 X3, X4, and X5 SUVs from 2014 in the U.S. due to Takata air bag inflator safety concerns, as the inflators can rupture in a crash, posing a risk of metal shrapnel.

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The recall is part of a broader NHTSA investigation into about 30 million Takata inflators, with most not yet subject to recalls, raising concerns about their safety across various vehicle models.

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Takata used ammonium nitrate for controlled airbag inflation, but the compound can deteriorate, resulting in at least 26 deaths in the U.S. and a global toll of 30, with around 400 injuries.

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BMW's recall focuses on specific issues with Takata inflators, involving a moisture-absorbing chemical called a desiccant, not addressed in previous recalls.

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Incidents include a complaint of a 2014 X3 driver's air bag rupture and a similar case in Chicago, both under investigation with preliminary findings pointing to a manufacturing problem.

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BMW plans to replace faulty airbags at no cost, notifying owners starting January 16. The recall follows General Motors' Takata inflator recall in July, with NHTSA monitoring the situation.

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