Thousands of BMWs recalled
Thousands of BMW owners in Ireland will be affected by a recall of cars with a potentially dangerous airbag problem.
The German car-maker said it is recalling around 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.
The recall affects 3 Series vehicles (inset) produced between May 1999 and August 2006. The model was one of Ireland's most popular executive-type cars and thousands were sold at that time.
While BMW is still taking part in a regional recall requested by US safety regulators only, BMW spokesman Dave Buchko said the company decided to recall all of the 2000 through 2006 cars potentially affected by the issue.
The recall is an extension of last year's recall of 240,000 cars globally over the same issue.
"As a precaution, we feel that the right thing to do is just to bring the vehicles all in and replace the passenger-side air bag," Mr Buchko said. The airbags were supplied by Japan's Takata, which has seen more than 12 million vehicles recalled over the past five years for related issues.
Also affected by the regional recall in the US were Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Ford and Chrysler.