Trevor Collett | Aug 8, 2016

BMW has expanded its recall list for models affected by the ongoing Takata airbag saga, with a further 28,577 vehicles added to the list this week.

The German carmaker’s popular 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 SUVs are the new additions, sold in Australia between January 2002 and December 2005.

As with other Takata airbag recalls, the campaign targets the airbag inflator unit - on the driver’s side in this instance.

Exposure to humidity over time can render weaken the airbag inflator unit, which may then disintegrate as the airbag deploys during a collision.

Should this occur, metal fragments may strike the vehicle’s occupants resulting in injury or even death. Around 15 deaths worldwide have been linked with failing Takata airbag inflators.

BMW’s latest recall list further swells the massive Takata program underway in Australia, with more than 420,000 vehicles recalled for the issue in Australia last month alone.

Customers with affected vehicles will hear from BMW shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone BMW Group Australia on 1800 813 299.

MORE: NHTSA Airbag Inflator Investigations Expand Further Beyond Takata
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