The claws of the Takata airbag recall sink ever-deeper into the global automotive industry, and now, BMW in Australia has added further examples to its recall list.
As with other problem Takata airbags, the metal inflator unit is the subject of the recall.
Moisture absorption may cause the unit to rupture when the airbag is inflated during a collision. Should this occur, metal fragments may enter the cabin and strike the vehicle’s occupants, resulting in serious injury or even death.
The Takata issue hit home this year when a Darwin woman was injured and a Sydney man was killed in separate incidents as a result of the faulty devices.
BMW will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone BMW Australia on 1800 813 299.
Selected models built between October 2016 and February of this year are included in the recall, which targets the vehicle’s side airbags. A total of 1206 vehicles are on the recall list for Australia.
Ford says the airbag initiators within the side airbag modules may contain an incorrect chemical mixture.
As a result, the side airbag may not deploy when required, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle occupants during a collision. To date, no such incidents have been reported in Australia.
The recall process will involve an inspection with repairs performed where necessary. Owners of affected vehicles are advised to drive their vehicles with caution at moderate speeds until the recall can be scheduled.
Ford will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Ford Australia on 1800 503 672.
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