Defective Airbag Recall Expands to BMW i3 and 2014 MINI Cooper Models

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Just a couple of minutes ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association sent an e-mail, notifying owners of the new BMW i3 and 2014 MINI Cooper that a recall is going to take place to replace a possibly defective airbag inflator. Sounds familiar?
That’s only because earlier this year, BMW joined other big manufacturers around the world in recalling almost 1.6 million E46 3 Series with possible defective passenger airbags. The cars were fitted with products made by the Takata Corporation.

Now, a similar problem seems to be affecting the brand new i3 and MINI Cooper Hardtop models. According to the recall notice “If the air bag deploys improperly in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the air bags, the seat occupant may be at an increased risk of injury.”

As it turns out, only the BMW i3 models built on March 31, 2014 and the MINI Cooper Hardtops made between February 2 and May 30 are being recalled at the moment, the grand total rising to 27 cars.

BMW will start notifying their owners this month, to replace the front passenger airbags, free of charge. In case you’re just worried about something going wrong, you can also contact BMW directly at 1-800-525-7417.
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