BMW Air Bag Recall
According to the Associated Press, German automaker BMW is getting ready to recall 1.6 million cars due to faulty airbags. Their air bags were also made by the Takata Corp, which have been the subject of other recent recalls. Automobile manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Toyota have also recalled vehicles for similar airbag inflator problems. The Associated Press points out that most of the airbag issues have happened in hot or humid climates, but that recalls are being conducted on all affected makes and models, regardless of location.
What’s Wrong with the Air Bags?
The problem with the Takata Corp. air bags involves a faulty inflator. Apparently, under the right conditions, the air bags can rupture. Shards could fly out and injure drivers and passenger occupants. Additionally, the air bags may not properly protect passengers in the event of a crash. Thanks to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many vehicles with the faulty air bags have already been recalled. At this time, the only known malfunctions have occurred in warm humid climates.
Details on the BMW REcall
• 2000-2006 3-Series cars are being recalled from around the world.
• At least 574,000 U.S. cars are being recalled.
• Dealers will be replacing the passenger-side front air bags.
• All vehicles with the faulty airbag system are being recalled, regardless of location.
NHTSA’s Investigation of Faulty Air Bags
Since six reports of airbag inflator ruptures were reported in Florida and Puerto Rico, the NHTSA has launched an investigation into the malfunctioning air bags. Safercar.gov has information for motorists about their investigation as well as a statement from Takata Corp. about the airbag inflators. They also have recall information for all known makes and models of affected cars.
Manufacturers and retailers have a duty to make sure their products are safe for their customers. Items that are meant to increase safety like seat belts, child car seats, and air bags need to be functioning properly at all times. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a defective airbag, contact anexperienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.