The saga rolls on.
The Takata airbag saga rolls on as BMW announces it will recall 110,000 cars fitted with the defective devices in Japan.
A total of 44 different models from the German automaker’s lineup are affected, among them the 116i and 118i hatchbacks, and the 320i sedan. Cars produced between 2004 and 2012 will be called back to dealers in order for the passenger-side front airbags to be replaced.
Takata airbags have been connected to at least 14 deaths and 150 injuries worldwide. They use an ammonium nitrate inflator that can become unstable and explode under prolonged exposure to hot and humid conditions, firing metal shrapnel into the interior of the car.
Most of the world’s major car manufacturers either are or have been using airbags supplied by Takata. Volkswagen, Honda, Mazda, Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Mazda, and Ford have all called back cars in what has become the biggest recall the automotive industry has ever seen.
In May of this year, the Japanese transport ministry issued an order forcing automakers to recall 7 million Takata airbag-equipped cars in the country. Transport safety authorities in the United States have passed a similar directive as well.
Some reports have suggested the problems with Takata airbags were known about as long as 15 years ago. In that time hundreds of millions of cars could have been fitted with them and it won’t be surprising if they are all eventually recalled.
Takata itself has been brought to its knees by the episode, seeing its stock price slashed by 90 per cent. And it could face paying out billions of dollars in compensation and fines.
Source: Automotive News Europe