German automaker BMW has joined Nissan and Toyota in a widespread recall campaign to replace dangerous airbags.
In an announcement on Wednesday, BMW said it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers.
Despite not being aware of any incidents or injuries, BMW is recalling all its flagship 3 Series vehicles produced between May 1999 and August 2006.
The same model has been affected by last year’s request by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS) for BMW to replace both passenger and driver-side front air bags in cars sold in the US.
Although the US regional recall is still underway, the BMW said it was issuing the new recall as a precaution.
"As a precaution, we just feel now that the right thing to do is just to bring them all in and replace the passenger-side air bag," Buchko said.
The air bags were supplied by Japan's Takata, which has seen more than 12 million vehicles recalled over the past five years for related issues.
In the latest recall, about 574,000 of the cars were sold in the United States, 450,000 in Germany and 189,000 in the United Kingdom. Last year, BMW recalled 42,000 cars in the United States for this issue.
In addition, BMW said it has also recalled 26 Mini cars and one BMW i3 from model year 2014 to replace Takata passenger-side air bags. These are not part of the larger recall.