BMW expands US Takata airbags recall nationwide

BMW expands US Takata airbags recall nationwide

In a Monday statement, BMW has announced that it is expanding the recall of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags to across the country. The expansion of BMW's airbags recall is apparently a result of the pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall older vehicles with airbag inflators made by Takata.

The safety regulators are pressuring automakers for a country-wide recall of vehicles affected by the defective Takata airbags issue because of the potential risk of a too forceful explosion of the airbags and the resultant spewing of shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The defective Takata airbags has been linked to five deaths in the US.

With BMW agreeing to the safety regulators' demands to replace defective Takata airbags in older vehicles, the expansion of the airbag recall nationwide by the automaker affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars manufactured between January 2004 and August 2006.

In announcing the expansion of its airbags recall, BMW - which has already recalled 574,000 cars in the US due to defective airbags - said that, thus far, there have been no reports of any issues with the vehicles affected by the latest recall.

Asserting that none of the reported airbags rupture incidents involved a BMW vehicle, the company's spokesman David Buchko said in reference to the expanded airbags recall: "But with so many issues at play, our approach is to use an abundance of caution."