BMW will recall roughly 1.6 million of its 3 Series luxury cars worldwide because of possibly faulty passenger side airbag inflators that could rupture.
In an official statement, BMW said the affected models were built between the 1999 and 2006 model years and that the recall campaign is voluntary. The company didn’t say how many of the affected vehicles were sold in the U.S. The company plans to replace the passenger-side airbags because it shares a supplier with other companies using the same airbags that have, in rare cases, were affected by rupturing gas generators.
Today’s announcement is an expansion of a campaign BMW announced last year recalling 240,000 E46 3 Series vehicles. At the time, BMW’s equipment supplier specified a production period in which it produced the faulty airbags, but it has since expanded that period.
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