According to a report by Reuters, BMW is expanding the airbag recall nationwide in the U.S. providing the domestic customers with further information about the recall.
The decision was made after the recall was first announced in certain regions of the domestic market. The carmakers who had previously expanded the recall are Honda, Mazda, Ford and FCA US LLC, which until last week was known as Chrysler Group.
The airbag recall has been issued for certain vehicles with driver-side air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has urged the carmakers to broaden the recall beyond a limited area with high humidity. First issues were reported in Florida, Puerto Rico and other humid areas. But after additional issues were reported, the regulator body has urged the five car makers to expand the recall nationwide.
According to the Takata Corporation, the prolonged exposure to high humidity conditions could damage the propellant in the inflators, causing them to spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel when the air bags inflate. It is yet unclear whether the issue could impact the actual safety features of the air bags themselves, but the issue has been linked with at least five deaths resulting from the metal shrapnel hitting passengers in some cases. None were experienced with BMW cars.
BMW announced NHTSA that it will replace driver-side front air bags in about 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles in the U.S. from model years 2004 to 2006. BMW has said that none of its vehicles were involved in improper airbag deployments.