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BMW recalls some models due to faulty Takata airbags

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German car manufacturer BMW has ordered a recall of some models in Australia, the US and Japan, after safety authorities identified a fault in the Takata airbags on these vehicles that could lead to death or serious injury.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement that BMW Australia had recalled its E46 3 Series cars produced between November 1997 and June 2000.

The airbags are Takata NADI (non-azide driver inflator) type 5AT airbags and are not part of the current Takata airbag compulsory recall.

This followed the identification of a pattern of abnormal airbag deployment where the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed and potentially kill or injure those in the vehicle.

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said: “Because of the critical level of risk, the ACCC urges people to stop driving their vehicle immediately and to contact BMW to arrange to have their vehicle inspected as soon as possible.

“BMW will arrange to tow your vehicle to repair facilities for inspection, or send a mobile technician out to your premises or vehicle’s location to inspect the vehicle.

“If your vehicle has been fitted with one of these dangerous airbags, BMW will arrange a loan or hire car or reimbursement for alternative transportation costs until airbag replacement parts are available or until other arrangements are made. You may also wish to discuss the vehicle being purchased back by BMW.”

The affected models are:

Model Body Type

316i Sedan

318i Sedan

320i Sedan

323i Sedan

325i ( 2 vehicles) Sedan

328i Sedan

330i (1 Vehicle) Sedan

318Ci Coupe

320Ci Coupe

323Ci Coupe

328Ci Coupe

330Ci (1 vehicle) Coupe

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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