BMW recalls 230000 US vehicles over potential air-bag issues – MarketWatch

Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017

BERLIN—BMW AG is recalling more than 230,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to potentially dysfunctional air-bag inflaters produced by troubled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

The German auto maker

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said a small percentage of these cars and sport-utility vehicles may contain Takata air-bag modules containing defective inflaters that could have been installed as replacements or spare parts. The vehicles’ original air-bag modules didn’t contain those inflaters.

The recalls affect some BMW 3-series cars produced between 2000 and 2002, 5-series cars produced from 2001 to 2002, and sport-utility vehicles made between 2001 and 2003, according to a safety recall report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Takata is facing financial pressure after millions of its rupture-prone air bags were recalled around the world. The air bags can explode and spray shrapnel. The problem has been linked to 11 deaths and roughly 180 injuries in the U.S., according to federal regulators.

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