BMW Recalls 40,000 Domestic Imported Cars Over Defective Takata Airbags



(Yicai Global) Feb. 7 -- German auto giant BMW has filed to recall more than 40,000 cars with faulty Takata airbags through two of its Chinese companies.

Joint-venture BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. and subsidiary BMW China Automotive Trading Ltd. have filed a recall proposal with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), the administration said online yesterday. The proposal will recall 41,685 cars beginning Oct. 9 this year.

The issue is with airbags in the cars produced by struggling Takata Corp., which contain ammonium nitrate gas generators that do not have desiccants. When the airbags inflate, the gas generators may rupture, causing fragments to fly out of the airbags and potentially harming people inside the car.

AQSIQ has been investigating Takata airbags since June 2014 and prompted the BMW recall. The Japan-based airbag maker is currently fighting bankruptcy and has commissioned an external committee to advise on the best proceedings for the company and its creditors.

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