Sunday, July 14, 2024

BMW is recalling 400,000 cars with a fatal defect

One of the car industry's biggest bankruptcies still looms large. This time, BMW may have problems with 400,000 defective airbags from the closed Takata.

The bankruptcy of Japanese Takata is at least as big a scandal as Volkswagen's dieselgate. And both cases are still haunting.

Now BMW has to recall 400,000 3-Series – both sedans and station wagons – because the releaser in the cars' airbags may be defective. BMW recalled the cars for the first time way back in 2016, but the problem is still not gone.

BMW in the US has stated that the hundreds of thousands of cars equipped with the optional M steering wheel may have been fitted with the faulty Takata airbags from the factory.

Reuters writes that.

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The airbag deployer is officially known by its part number PSDI-5, and over time it can crumble. If this happens, the airbag may deploy unnecessarily forcefully in the event of an accident.

The defective airbag, if affected by degradation, can send metal fragments around the cabin. Something that several motorists have already been injured by. Worse still, it can lead to death. In 2022 alone, five traffic deaths were officially linked to the life-threatening airbag.

BMW says it first became aware of the problem when cars with M-steering wheels started showing up at their workshops again. These steering wheels may have been bought used by BMW owners who did not know that the PSDI-5 airbag was recalled 8 years ago.

Therefore, the many cars that were built between February 2005 and August 2011 must now go to the workshop again. This applies to cars such as: 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i and 335xi.

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