[UPDATE] BMW Recalls 140,000 More 3 Series for Faulty Takata Airbags

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When BMW finally decided to post a recall for the Takata airbags installed on their 3 Series, the world was stunned to learn that almost every E46 car made had to take a trip to its local dealership. This was the biggest recall the German company ever made. Until today, that is.
Apart from the 1.6 million cars that have been summoned back to an authorized dealership, the company is now calling back another 140,000 vehicles that have potentially faulty driver-side airbags. The announcement was made after BMW worked closely with the NHTSA.

The new recall campaign now includes MY2004 to MY2006 3 Series models built between January 2004 and August 2006. However, the company did specify that no cases of malfunctioning were reported so far but they decided to replace them anyway, before anyone gets hurt.

“Nonetheless, the company will cooperate fully with NHTSA by replacing the driver-side front airbag in certain model year 2004-2006 BMW 3 Series vehicles,” said a statement issued this week.

It will be interesting to see where the dealerships will find new airbag modules as the demand is sky high at the moment and Takata is struggling to keep up the production.

So far, not even the original recall posted back in July hasn’t been solved, many owners still waiting for their parts to arrive. In a recent statement, Takata CEO said that they are working on finding solutions to build more modules but in the meantime there’s nothing more they can do. Amongst the proposed solutions they mentioned moving the production to rival companies or even buying modules from them directly, in case they would fit the same profile as their own products.

Overall, on a global scale, the Takata airbag recall reached up to 24 million cars affected so far.

UPDATE: we now have the complete list of the cars affected by this new recall:
  • BMW 325CI MY2004-2006
  • BMW 325I MY2004-2006
  • BMW 325XI MY2004-2005
  • BMW 330CI MY2004-2006
  • BMW 330I MY2004-2006
  • BMW 330XI MY2004-2005
  • BMW M3 MY2004-2006
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