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420,000 U.S. BMW Vehicles Recalled from Takata Airbags

Brooke Shroyer2 years ago

After dozens of injuries and at least six deaths, Car Connection reports that takata has finally agreed to announce airbag recalls across several countries.  Last week, Takata added BMW automakers to the recall.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has added millions of vehicles overall to the recall roster.

Volatile, Explosive Compound Used in Takata Airbags

Takata airbags can blow up upon collision. As a result, dangerous shrapnel eject from the airbags and can actually kill passengers.  The airbags explode instead of properly inflating due to the propellant known as ammonium nitrate.  

Ammonium nitrate is the same compound that was used in the Oklahoma City bombings and is regulated by the U.S. federal government.  The United States Department of Agriculture affirms that ammonium nitrate is used to make bombs and is a threat of terrorism. 

Once ammonium nitrate comes into contact with moisture or humidity from the atmosphere, the chemical degrades causing combustion within the airbag and inflicting deadly injuries.  With that being said, previous recalls have primarily focused on areas of high humidity such as the Gulf Coast. 

Now the recalls have encompassed all areas, instead of only focusing on locations with high humidity.

Takata Recall Statistics and Description of the Recalled BMW Vehicles

As of last week, Ford and Fiat Chrysler added over 6,000,000 vehicles to the Takata recall.  With the expansion of the BMW recall list, there are currently 420,661 recalled U.S. vehicles. 

The following BMW models are included in the Takata recall:

  • 2002-2005 BMW 325i Sedan
  • 2002-2005 BMW 325xi Sedan
  • 2002-2005 BMW 330i Sedan
  • 2002-2005 BMW 330xi Sedan
  • 2002-2005 BMW 325xi Sportswagon
  • 2002-2005 BMW 325i Sportswagon
  • 2002-2006 BMW 330Ci Convertible
  • 2002-2006 BMW 325Ci Convertible
  • 2002-2006 BMW M3 Convertible
  • 2002-2006 BMW 325i Coupe
  • 2002-2006 BMW 330i Coupe
  • 2002-2006 BMW M3 Coupe
  • 2002-2003 BMW M5 Sedan
  • 2002-2003 BMW 540i Sedan
  • 2002-2003 BMW 525i Sedan
  • 2002-2003 BMW 530i Sedan
  • 2002-2003 BMW 540i Sportswagon
  • 2002-2003 BMW 525i Sportswagon
  • 2003-2004 BMW X5 3.0i Sports Activity Vehicle
  • 2003-2004 BMW 4.4i Sports Activity Vehicle

Note that the BMX X5 and 5-series models are included in the recall only if they have the optional sports steering wheel.  BMW will mail recall notices to owners in the future. 

Owners will then be able to take the recalled vehicles to a BMW dealership for free airbag repairs.  If your BMW has been recently repaired before the released recall, it still might not have safe airbag modules.

Make sure your BMW has been recently serviced after the announcement of the Takata recall to ensure optimum safety.

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