Millions of people on the nation’s highways and interstates are at-risk because of defective Takata airbags in their BMW vehicles. In all, there are more than 2 million recalled airbags installed in BMW cars, vans, and SUVs nationwide. Only a fraction of these airbags have been replaced.
This page discusses the specifics of the BMW Takata recall and what to do if your vehicle has been affected.
BMW Takata Airbag Recall List
As of March 2018, there were approximately 2.05 defective Takata airbags installed in BMW vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall covers a number of models and years sold by BMW. This includes:
- 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
- 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
- 2001-2003 BMW 5 Series
- 2013-2015 BMW X1
- 2007-2010 BMW X3
- 2001-2003, 2007-2013 BMW X5
- 2008-2014 BMW X6
- 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid
If your vehicle — or one you previously owned and had an injury or accident in — is on the list, you may want to confirm the open recall by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in our Takata airbag recall search. To find your VIN, you can check your registration paperwork or stand in front of your vehicle and look at the bottom, right-hand corner of your dashboard.
The Dangers of Defective Takata Airbags
The defect in these airbags stems from an issue with the chemical compound used in the airbag inflators. Overtime, especially when exposed to heat and humidity, the compound breaks down. When ignited during deployment, it can cause the metal inflator to explode, sending shrapnel flying throughout the cabin.
Address Your Recalled Airbags As Soon As Possible
As of March 2018, investigators have linked more than 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries to defective Takata airbag inflators. The recall currently covers 50 million airbags in 37 million cars from 19 automakers. The NHTSA expects to extend this recall to cover a total of 65 to 70 million airbags by the end of 2019.
Because of the extremely dangerous nature of these airbag defects, you will want to act quickly to keep you and your family safe.
If you confirm you have defective Takata airbags in your BMW and there is an open recall on your vehicle, act immediately to get the airbags repaired or replaced. Your local BMW dealership or other authorized BMW service center will perform this work for free.
BMW Recall Completion and Repair Rates
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as of March 2018, only about 741,000 of the 2.06 million recalled airbags in BMW vehicles have had recall service completed.
This means there are well over one million BMW vehicles on the nation’s roads today with defective airbags. If the drivers of these cars, vans, and SUVs are in a crash, they may suffer severe injuries or even death. Because of the nature of these defects, other occupants in the car are also at risk.
It is important to note that parts may not be available for all makes and models. We recommend you call your local dealership before driving over. The dealer will be able to tell you whether it has the manpower and parts available to complete your replacement.
Note: According to the BMW USA site, if replacement parts are not available, BMW Centers will assist you with “alternate transportation needs.”
Holding BMW and Takata Liable for Your Damages
If you or a loved one were injured by a defective Takata airbag, we may be able to take legal action against the automaker on your behalf. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, or for the passing of your loved one if an airbag inflator caused their death.
Discuss Your Legal Options for Compensation with Our Team
The BMW airbag recall lawsuit attorneys at Newsome Melton will evaluate your case free of charge and explain if we believe you have a valid claim. If so, we will handle your case on a contingency basis. You do not pay us anything unless we win the compensation you deserve.
Call us today to discuss your case for free: 888-808-5977.