BMW recalls 220,000 vehicles in Takata airbag issue

Tue May 7, 2013 11:45am EDT
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(Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote) is recalling about 220,000 vehicles worldwide from model years 2002 and 2003 as part of a wider recall affecting airbags made by supplier Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote), BMW said on Tuesday.

The latest recall includes BMW's popular 3-Series sedans, coupes, convertibles and station wagons.

Last month, 3.4 million vehicles worldwide made by Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote), Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote), Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote) and Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T: Quote) were recalled because of the airbags made by Takata, the world's second-largest manufacturer of airbags and seatbelts.

About 1.3 million of those vehicles are in the United States.

In BMW's home market of Germany, 64,044 vehicles will be recalled.

In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said 42,080 BMW vehicles will be recalled.

In Britain, 24,272 vehicles will be recalled, followed by Italy at 13,022, France at 10,449, Spain at 9,954 and Japan at 7,890.

BMW expects to have parts to repair the recalled vehicles starting in July, Buchko said.

BMW said that it was not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, nor of any improper deployments of the airbags in its vehicles, company spokesman Dave Buchko said.   Continued...

The logo of German car manufacturer BMW is seen on the bonnet of a vehicle covered with water drops in Kiev March 27, 2012. REUTERS/Str