BMW Recalls Nearly 200,000 Over Defective Airbags

Jan 02, 2017 06:40 AM EST | Jeroah Sabado

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The German automaker BMW, will recall almost 200,000 cars imported in China over a defect in their airbag system. Earlier this month, the automaker said that there is a defective part on the airbags manufactured by the Japanese company, Takata.

China's AQSIQ regulatory agency, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said that when the airbags in front of the driver and passenger are activated, the gas generators inside can launch shrapnel or flying debris towards people inside the vehicle, which can result to fatal injury.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that millions are affected since there are Takata airbags installed in tens of millions of vehicles, and that is in the United States alone. The NHTSA advised the owners of affected cars or trucks to contact their dealers for appropriate repair.

The defect is also believed to cause at least 15 deaths and more than 150 injuries worldwide. The automaker promised that it will be replaced free of charge. This is not the first time for BMW to recall some of its vehicles due to manufacturing defects. In August, BMW had to recall 156,922 cars to repair the faulty welding found on children's seats.

In October, BMW recalled 154,000 vehicles in the US over leakages in the fuel pump, when loose wirings triggered the leakage, the vehicle to tend to stop or in some serious cases, causes explosion. Last February, the automaker recalled around 850,000 because of same Takata airbags issue.

According to the same report, Takata had a sudden fall in company's shares and may soon file for bankruptcy. The company is now considering bids from firms like KKR & Co. and Flex-N-Go. Customers of Takata, including General Motors, Honda and Volkswagen are likely to spend billions of dollars in relation to the said defective airbags system issue.

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