BMW Issues Urgent Warning to Customers Over Safety Concerns
BMW has issued a warning to thousands of its customers who have bought some of its models. The German automaker has asked owners of 90,000 BMW models from 2000 to 2006 not to drive these vehicles anymore, as they are equipped with dangerous airbags that have been manufactured by the Japanese equipment manufacturer Takata. These airbags have been found to be faulty, with an extremely high likelihood of failure during a crash. If the inflators rupture, the metal fragments ejected towards the drivers’ or passengers’ faces could cause serious harm, even death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a notice warning car owners not to drive these vehicles until the urgent recall has been completed. Replacement parts are now available for free for this recall. The impacted vehicles are 17 to 22 years old, and the risk to automobile occupants is dire, BMW said.
Models involved in this recall include the 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series (E46) including M3, the 2000-2003 5 Series (E39) including M5, and the 2000-2004 X5s (E53) equipped with certain driver’s front airbag inflators, manufactured by Takata.
At least 70 million vehicles have been recalled – 100 million worldwide – lately in the US due to failed Takata airbags. From 2000, Takata released a new chemical agent in its airbags, ammonium nitrate. Frequently used as fertilizer, this agent served to inflate the bag in the event of an accident. However, ammonium nitrate can, in the event of prolonged exposure to heat and humidity, degrade, leading to premature explosion, which could be stronger than necessary, to trigger the airbag. Parts of the steering wheel or dashboard can hit (and injure and even kill) automobile drivers and passengers.
According to the US government, Takata airbags are responsible for at least a dozen deaths in the United States. Other deaths are said to be linked to the same problem in other countries. Besides BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota have also conducted mass vehicle recalls due to Takata airbags.
This resounding scandal also had significant consequences for Takata. The group, which also specialized in seat belts, announced on June 26, 2017, that it was filing for bankruptcy in the United States and Japan.
BMW’s recall is part of a broader push to replace all remaining Takata airbags by the end of 2021, following the largest automotive recall in US history. Nearly 70 million airbags were recalled, affecting about 42 million vehicles across 19 automakers. The recall is significant and complicated, requiring coordination between manufacturers, dealers, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While BMW’s recall is unfortunate, it is important to note that the company is taking necessary precautions to ensure customer safety. BMW’s swift action is commendable, as they have issued a warning to their customers not to drive the affected vehicles and are providing replacement parts for free. BMW has also offered free towing or mobile repair to all affected car owners.
In conclusion, BMW’s recall of vehicles equipped with dangerous Takata airbags is significant, but the automaker’s swift action and concern for customer safety are commendable. BMW’s customers can have peace of mind knowing that the company is taking the necessary steps to ensure their safety. It is important for all car owners to check if their vehicle is affected by this recall and take the necessary actions to ensure their safety.