BMW recalls 1.6 million 3-Series cars for air bag fix

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Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – German automaker BMW announced Wednesday it is recalling 1.6 million 3-Series cars from model years 2000 to 2006 worldwide to replace their faulty air bag.

The company said the recall, which includes 574,000 cars in the U.S., was a precaution as air bag inflators are prone to rupture that may cause shards to fly out and cause injury. The air bag made by Japanese firm Takata Corp. is also installed in Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota cars. Makers of the other cars made millions of recalls in the past years due to the same defect.

BMW said dealers will replace the passenger-side front air bags.

The company also recalled 42,000 cars in May 2013 for the same issue.

Tokyo-based Takata also supplies seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating its defective air bags after receiving six reports of air bags rupturing in Florida and Puerto Rico that injured three people.

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