BMW is under fire after recalling almost 357,000 vehicles from 2000 through 2013. The recall is due to an ongoing issue with faulty Takata airbags that may explode and kill drivers when deployed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deemed the Takata airbags ” the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.”
BMW, along with 13 other vehicle manufacturers, has recalled millions of cars to protect drivers and passengers from harm since the issue became apparent. However, at least 24 deaths and 300 injuries have happened due to the airbag issue.
How does a safety feature turn dangerous?
Airbags are a critical component for most vehicles because it provides an extra cushion in the case of a severe crash. With the Takata airbags, some experts found that they would deploy explosively, causing severe injuries or fatalities.
According to Consumer Reports, the main issue is the airbag’s inflator. The inflator in faulty airbags tends to ignite with explosive force – causing metal shards to spray throughout the vehicle. It’s incredibly dangerous and puts everyone in the car at risk for injuries.
Luckily, all the car manufacturers with the faulty airbags are working on recalling the products and replacing the airbags with safe inflators – free of charge. BMW drivers across the country need to contact customer service and provide additional information to see if their car is impacted.
The recall also serves as a reminder to all drivers that airbags can be dangerous. You don’t want to risk the possibility of other injuries, even with a proper airbag. Make sure you are constantly maintaining your vehicle and seeking medical attention if you are harmed due to an airbag incident.