The product liabilty lawyers at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that BMW is recalling more than 230,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.
The automaker says the vehicles may have had a driver’s air bag replaced with a Takata inflator after a crash or in a previous recall. The vehicles originally were built with inflators made by another company.
The recall covers certain 3 series cars from 2000 to 2002, some 5 series cars from 2001 to 2002, and some X5 SUVs from 2001 to 2003.
Takata inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 16 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been blamed on the problem worldwide. In the U.S. 19 automakers are recalling 69 million inflators in what has become the largest automotive recall in the nation’s history.
BMW wrote in government documents that it discovered the problem in late November after a customer inquired about the maker of the inflator in their 3 Series sedan.
The company found that between 2002 and 2015, about 14,600 Takata air bag modules were shipped to the U.S. to be used as replacement parts. The company hasn’t been able to determine which vehicles received the Takata parts, so it decided Jan. 19 to do the recall “in an abundance of caution.”
Dealers will inspect the air bag systems and replace them if they were made by Takata. Owners will be notified starting March 15.
If you have been injured as a result of a faulty airbag, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. To find out more about filing a claim, contact Breslin and Breslin at 201-342-4014 today.