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Airbag threat leads to BMW recalling another 574,000 automobiles

West Virginia owners of 2000 to 2006 models of BMW 3-Series cars may want to take notice of a recall that was announced recently. The automakers said that the recall relates to the airbag problem identified in other automobile makes that utilize the same airbag system. The company asserts that no reports of any injuries have been received, but that it is a proactive recall as a precaution.

BMW announced that it would recall 574,000 vehicles that are fitted with airbags of which the inflator could shatter, ejecting potentially dangerous shards. Other manufacturers that initiated airbag-related recalls over recent years include Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and Ford. BMW also recalled 42,000 cars in 2013, and the current recall excludes those.

It was reported that the malfunction mostly affected automobiles in states where the weather is typically hot with high levels of humidity. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that, although the recall covers all areas where the affected models were sold, it is concentrating on the areas where long periods of high temperatures and humid weather conditions are experienced. This is based on data obtained from an investigation into the airbag problem during May.

BMW stated that the front passenger-side airbags will be replaced in vehicles that are returned to dealers. West Virginia residents who have suffered injuries as a result of an airbag malfunction -- or any other auto defect -- may pursue the recovery of medical expenses incurred. They retain the right to file a product liability claim in a civil court, and if the claim is presented successfully, the court may award monetary restitution to cover medical and other damages that resulted from the injury.

Source:, "BMW recalls 1.6M 3-Series cars to fix air bag problem", , July 17, 2014

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