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BMW, GM Expand Airbag Recall

BMW, GM Expand Airbag RecallBMW, GM Expand Airbag Recall

BMW is recalling 420,661 US vehicles due to issues involving Takata airbags, US auto safety regulators said, Reuters reported.

BMW of North America said it is recalling 20 models from 2002 to 2006 model years that contain Takata driver-side front airbag inflators. Regulators said the airbag module will be replaced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said BMW examined its production and manufacturing records to determine the scope of affected vehicles and converted a national improvement campaign into a voluntary recall, increasing the number of affected vehicles to 420,661 from 140,696.

Takata is at the center of a global recall of tens of millions of cars for potentially deadly airbag inflators that could deploy with too much force and spray metal fragments inside vehicles. Regulators have linked six deaths to the component so far, all on Honda cars.

After months of resisting, Takata last week agreed with the NHTSA to roughly double its US-based recall to 34 million vehicles spanning 11 automakers.

General Motors is also recalling about 375,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata.

The trucks are 2007 and 2008 model Chevrolet Silverados and GM Sierras.

Subaru will expand its recall of 2004 and 2005 model Impreza compact cars with Takata airbags to about 80,000 from 20,000, the company said Friday.

Both automakers said they have received no reports of inadvertent deployments of airbags in the vehicles.

Twelve incorrect deployments of Takata airbags have occurred in Toyota and Honda vehicles in Japan since 2011, Nikkei reported on Friday, citing a Japanese Transport Ministry official. No injuries were reported in these incidents.

Takata airbags have been the subject of US Congressional hearings held late last year. Another hearing, before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, will be held next Tuesday.

On Thursday, five automakers expanded recalls by several million vehicles with Takata airbags.

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