BMW is currently in the process of recalling over 21,000 BMW X5 and X6 models due to potential Takata airbag faults. The Australian body in charge of such issues, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) posted a statement saying that owners will be contacted by BMW to have their cars fixed. Furthermore, customers can also get in touch with BMW if they feel the need to, in order to get more info about whether their car is affected and what should be done.
According to the recall notice, 21,649 facelifted BMW X5 and X6 models built between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012 are affected. The issue is that “the gas generator of the driver’s airbag can malfunction if subjected to high levels of absolute air humidity. 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.”
At the moment, BMW Australia is already working on fixing the situation, owners being already called into their respective dealerships to have their faulty parts replaced, free of charge, of course. The Takata airbag scandal has bankrupted the Japanese company and has been going on for quite a long time now, affecting between 60 and 100 million vehicles, globally. In Australia the figure is claimed to be closer to 2.1 million, including these recently recalled BMW X5 and X6 models.
BMW Australia says consumers can initiate contact with the company through the BMW Group Australia website or use the specific recall check webpage to verify if their vehicle has an outstanding technical action or safety recall on it, using their vehicle’s VIN or chassis number.