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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a recall of 378,263 older BMWs. The 3 Series sedans and wagons produced from 2006 to 2011 were deemed dangerous. The reason is the infamous airbags from the now defunct Takata company, which can explode and injure the driver and passengers.

Interestingly, this is not a factory-fitted feature: NHTSA is concerned that some owners of older BMW 3 Series cars may have modified them themselves by installing a sport steering wheel with a Takata cushion. BMW may not even have offered it as an optional extra.

The investigation was launched after owners of “threes” with Sport or M-Sport steering wheels began to come to the service with a potentially faulty airbag pyropatron. However, there has been no information about any incidents so far.

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The current campaign is another in a long line of recalls that dates back to 2013. Airbags from Japanese company Takata, which went bankrupt in 2017, led to the recall of nearly 70 million vehicles worldwide. Even in the last couple of years, at least four car companies have urged customers not to drive cars with such airbags.

The problem with Takata airbags is in the pyrotechnic cartridges. The devices, designed to quickly inflate the airbag, fill it more than necessary: ​​as a result, pieces of the body “shoot” into the cabin.

According to experts, the danger of such airbags increases with time. Now many cars with these airbags have reached the age when the probability of rupture reaches 50 percent. In five years, the problem will become critical if manufacturers do not manage to replace them all by then.

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