Takata Update: BMW Recalls 230,000 Additional Vehicles
Last week, BMW announced the recall of an additional 230,000 vehicles over concerns that they may have defective Takata inflators. The German automaker told U.S. authorities that they recently discovered that some of Takata’s faulty inflators had been used as a replacement part in certain older vehicles after an airbag had been deployed. The defective Takata airbag inflators, which can project metal shrapnel into the driver or passenger, have been identified as the replacements for older inflators manufactured by Petri AG. The former German airbag manufacturer was one of BMW’s main suppliers of inflators before Takata Corp. purchased Petri AG in 2000. A spokesperson for BMW stated that if a vehicle with a Petri AG inflator required a replacement it would likely have been a PSDI-4 made by Takata.
The affected BMW lines include some 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 SUVs spanning model years 2000 to 2003. A spokesperson from BMW indicated that some of the cars may have been previously recalled, but not for the replacement parts in question. According to the automaker this latest recall brings the total number of BMW’s equipped with Takata airbag inflators to more than 1.5 million. The first recall connected to Takata’s faulty inflators came back in 2008 and is not expected to be completed until 2023. But some insiders are concerned that it will take longer to ensure every recalled inflator is off the road. Regulators recently reported that there are still more than 20 million dangerous inflators on U.S. roadways.
While actively seeking a buyer (the latest favorite is Key Safety Systems), Takata Corp. has agreed to officially plead guilty to the DOJ charges on February 27th. These latest announcements have caused Takata’s stock to plunge nearly 10% in the past five days. Owners of a BMW affected by the latest recall will be contacted in March, but consumers are being urged to bring their vehicles to a dealer now to see if they have a defective Takata inflator. BMW said that once they have identified a faulty inflator they will immediately replace it at no charge to the owner.
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