Last year, the largest car recall in U.S. history was conducted by a number of car makers, including BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. This staggering initial recall of 34 million cars was due to defects in the Takata brand of airbags installed on the affected automobiles.
The faulty Takata airbags are prone to explosions that can spray shrapnel at passengers due to the buildup of moisture.
The Takata saga didn't end there, as 40 million cars were put on the recall list earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the Takata airbag recall is so massive that it will take place over an extended period of time, from May 2016 through December 2019.
This defect is linked to more than a dozen deaths and over 100 injuries worldwide. One of the more recent victims was a 17-year-old girl in Texas who died after her 2002 Honda Civic crashed and the Takata-made airbags deployed.
On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp. said that it is expanding the Takata recall globally and it will recall an additional 5.8 million cars.
1.16 million cars in Japan, 1.47 million in Europe and 820,000 in China are included in this latest batch of recalls, all produced between April 2006 and December 2014. These recalls will mitigate the moisture buildup issue by installing newer airbags with a drying agent.
The risk associated with the defective Takata airbags increases with the age of the vehicle. The older a car is, the more dangerous the airbags are. This is due to the ammonium nitrate used in the Takata airbag inflators that have the tendency to explode with extended exposure to moisture and heat.
Although this recent batch of recalls does not include models sold in U.S., it is still recommended that you check if your older car is affected by entering your Vehicle Identification Number at Safercar.gov. Future batches will certainly include newer vehicles from other carmakers, as the total number of recalled Takata-equipped vehicles is expected to reach 70 million in the U.S. alone.
In other news, BMW USA announced today that it is recalling 154,000 cars due to issues with their fuel pumps. The issue can potentially cause fuel leaks and stalling. Thankfully, there are no known injuries associated with the faulty fuel pump.
The recall affects 26 different BMW models manufactured from as early as 2007 and as late as 2012.
BMW cars included in the U.S. recall are as follows:
- X5 3.0si
- X5 4.8i
- X5 M
- X5 xDrive30i
- X5 xDrive35i
- X5 xDrive48i and X5 xDrive50i
- X6 x Drive35i
- X6 xDrive50i
- X6 M
- X6 ActiveHybrid
- 535i xDrive Gran Turismo
- 535i Gran Turismo
- 550i xDrive Gran Turismo
- 550i Gran Turismo
- 535i xDrive
- 550i xDrive
- 2012 535i ActiveHybrid
- 640i Convertible
- 650i Convertible
- 650i xDrive Convertible
- 650i Coupe
- 650i Coupe xDrive
If you are an owner of any of these affected models, expect to receive a notification from BMW with instructions on how to get the faulty fuel pump replaced for free. You can also call BMW Customer Service at 1-800-831-1117 for more details.