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World News December 4, 2023

BMW recalls SUVs after Takata air bag inflator blows apart, hurling shrapnel and injuring driver

BMW is recalling 486 X3, X4, and X5 SUVs from the 2014 model year in the U.S. due to concerns about the driver’s air bag inflators. The inflators, made by Takata Corp. of Japan, have the potential to rupture in a crash, releasing metal shrapnel and posing a risk of injury or death. The recall highlights broader questions about the safety of approximately 30 million Takata inflators currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Takata inflators, which use ammonium nitrate to inflate air bags, have been linked to numerous deaths and injuries worldwide. The BMW recall involves inflators with a desiccant, a moisture-absorbing chemical not included in previous recalls. The issue was brought to BMW’s attention when a complaint was filed in November about a ruptured air bag in a 2014 X3. While BMW is still investigating, preliminary findings point to a manufacturing problem. The NHTSA is currently investigating Takata inflators with desiccants across various car models from different manufacturers. In the BMW recall, dealers will replace the air bags at no cost, and affected owners will be notified starting January 16.

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