In the wake of a nationwide recall for millions of cars with defective airbags BMW has issued its third recall for vehicles it sold between 1999 and 2006. Airbags produced by Japanese company Takata have been shown to have a number of issues which led to hundreds of injuries and possibly 4 deaths. BMW vehicles subject to the Takata recall include:
These recalled vehicles are all part of BMW’s E46 generation of cars and total 574,000 vehicles in the United States. The malfunction in the Takata airbags arises from high temperatures and humidity causing moisture to permeate the metal canisters which enclose the airbag inflators. These inflators deploy the airbag with a chemical reaction utilizing explosive chemicals which can become unstable when exposed to moisture.
The chemical destabilization of the airbag inflator can force deployment during minor accidents when an airbag would not normally be activated.
Furthermore, the corrupted chemicals can cause the inflator to come under great enough pressure to induce its metal enclosure to burst, disbursing metal shrapnel at the vehicle’s driver and occupants.
BMW vehicles slated for recall include the 2000-2005 3-Series wagon and sedan, 2000-2006 3-Series coupe and convertible, and the 2001-2006 M3 coupe and convertible. These are all part of BMW’s E46 generation of cars and total 574,000 vehicles in the United States
Last year BMW issued a recall of 240,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace the driver side airbags in the E46 generation and have since issued a recall to replace the passenger side airbag of the E46 BMW 3 Series models as well.
You may be eligible for compensation if you were injured in an accident caused by a faulty Takata airbag. The Cochran Firm, D.C. has a team of experienced and dedicated liability and injury attorneys currently investigating claims stemming from defective Takata airbags in BMW cars. Please fill out a contact form or call 202-682-5800 for a complimentary case review. Strict deadlines apply so we urge you to protect your rights and contact us at your earliest convenience.