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Trevor Collett | Jul, 18 2014 | 1 Comment

BMW has joined the growing list of carmakers affected by the Takata airbag saga, recalling 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

The recall covers 3 Series models built between May 1999 and August 2006, fitted with front passenger airbags.

BMW made the announcement to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week, and plans to replace the defective airbags due to the same suspect inflator affecting other carmakers.

The latest recall from Bavaria is an extension to a previous recall, commencing in May 2013 and also concerning 3 Series models.

Nissan, Honda and Mazda issued recalls in Australia last month for the same Takata airbag problem, joining Toyota who issued its own extended recall a few weeks earlier.

Meanwhile Jeep is recalling Grand Cherokee models in Australia, built between 2011 and this year for a potential fire hazard.

During routine repairs a wire in an interior vanity light may have become trapped, eventually causing the wire to short out.

Mitsubishi is recalling ASX and Outlander models fitted with diesel engines and automatic transmissions, built between April and June 2013 (ASX) and September 2012 and June 2013 (Outlander).

An oil seal may fail, causing transmission fluid to leak and a loss of hydraulic pressure. In extreme cases, the vehicle may suddenly become immobile.

Holden is recalling a handful of its Barina Spark light cars, built in May this year. The bolt connecting the front lower control arm to the steering knuckle may not have been fastened to specification, causing a potential loss of steering.

Subaru is recalling its MY13 and MY14 Forester SUVs fitted with the 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine for a potential fault with the turbocharger.

The recall notice says “in certain conditions vehicles may experience the turbo boost increasing faster than the enrichment of the air/fuel ratio, which may result in Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) illumination, rough idling, engine noise, engine misfire or engine damage”.

Other recalls involve Jayco Campers for a potential wiring fault, Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Riders for a possible ignition switch problem, Kawasaki Teryx Recreational Utility Vehicles (RUV) for a faulty drive belt and Sea-Doo SPARK personal watercraft for a potential steering column / handlebar problem.

The relevant manufacturers will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more should contact their local dealer.

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