“The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development are working with police and other authorities to understand the facts regarding two recent suspected mis-deployments of these inflators in Australia, including a death and a serious injury,” an ACCC statement said.
If a car with a faulty airbag is involved in a crash, the airbag could explode, projecting sharp metal fragments around the car cabin at high speed that could potentially kill or injure car occupants, it said.
The ACCC’s deputy chair Delia Rickards says the risk involved in the latest Takata airbags is “critical”.
“The ACCC urges people to stop driving their vehicle immediately and to contact BMW to arrange to have their vehicle inspected as soon as possible,” she says.
The voluntary recall involves Takata NADI (non-azide driver inflator) type 5AT airbags which are not part of the current Takata compulsory recall.
“If your vehicle has been fitted with one of these dangerous airbags, BMW will arrange a loan or hire car or reimbursement for alternative transportation costs until airbag replacement parts are available or until other arrangements are made,” she says.
“BMW will arrange to tow your vehicle to repair facilities for inspection or send a mobile technician out to your premises or vehicle’s location to inspect the vehicle.”
Delia says customers affected by the latest recall on sedans and coupes “may wish to discuss the vehicle being purchased back by BMW”.
The latest recall follows an urgent warning by the ACCC in September concerning 20,000 vehicles, including various models of BMW, GM Holden, Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota that were already the subject of a compulsory recall due to faulty Takata airbags. The ACCC warned drivers to stop using these cars immediately and have them towed back to the dealer at the manufacturers’ expense so the faulty airbags could be replaced.
BMW owners concerned about the latest recall can contact their local dealership or BMW Australia’s Takata Hotline on 1800 243 675, or check BMW’s VIN look-up tool at recall.bmw.com.au
BMW models known to contain Takata Nadi airbags:
- 316i sedan
- 318i sedan
- 320i sedan
- 323i sedan
- 325i sedan
- 328i sedan
- 330i sedan
- 318Ci coupe
- 320Ci coupe
- 323Ci coupe
- 328Ci coupe
- 330Ci coupe