Thursday 12 December 2019

BMW drivers urged to have airbags replaced

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

BMW dealers here will cover imported 3-Series models affected by the latest 1.6m global recall to replace potentially faulty front passenger airbags.

In an unusual appeal, they are asking owners of a large number of imports, as well as the thousands driving Irish-bought cars, to contact a BMW garage.

The recall, for models made between May 1999 and August 2006, will affect thousands – possibly as many as 8,000 – but they won't have an exact figure until next week.

A BMW spokesman told the Irish Independent "many thousands" were involved.

He also said it was important that drivers of imported 3-Series models were aware they would be "welcome" to get the airbags replaced at any of the brand's dealerships here.

BMW owners with 07-registered cars should also check with garages to see if they are affected.

The airbags in affected cars, made by Japanese company Takata, will be replaced without cost amid fears their inflators could disintegrate during deployment and injure passengers. The recall extends one from last year involving 240,000 models globally for the same problem.

Airbags supplied by Takata have been at the centre of more than 12m recalls over the past five years.

Already affected globally are models from Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

Irish Independent

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