BMW X5/X6 added to Takata recall list

Thousands of BMW SUVs affected

The growing drama that is the Takata Airbag Recalls continues to expand with notification that a large number of BMW SUVs sold in Australia are also affected.

Advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) this evening is that a total of 21,649 BMW X5 and X6 SUVs have been added to the recall list.

All of the affected vehicles were sold in Australia between the 1st of January 2007 and the 31st of December 2012.

Is your BMW X5/X6 affected? Check your VIN here.

The recall notice advises that the gas generator of the driver’s airbag can malfunction if subjected to high levels of absolute air humidity.

What are the hazards?

If the gas generator explodes, metal parts may be propelled out of the airbag due to high internal pressure, potentially causing injury to the driver and/or passengers.

What should consumers do?

Owners will be contacted by BMW Australia or a BMW dealer.

Alternatively, BMW X5/X6 owners can contact their local BMW Service centre, or call the BMW Group Customer Interaction Centre on 1800 813 299 to arrange inspection and repair.

There has also been a special page with further info set up on the BMW Australia website.

Other BMW models to be recalled over the Takata airbag issue include 2002-05 models of the X5, as well as 1999-2006 3 Series, and 2002-05 5 Series cars.

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