China Recall Targets Airbag Inflators in 360,000 BMWs

April 22, 2019 at 12:40 AM

BMW AG is recalling 360,000 vehicles in China to replace Takata Corp. airbag inflators that could explode, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

The State Administration for Market Regulation says the callback covers 272,900 cars made locally between 2014 and 2017 and 87,100 imported models built between 2000 and 2018. BMW plans to begin replacing the inflators at the end of August, according to Xinhua.

BMW and 18 other carmakers are scrapping roughly 125 million of the Takata devices worldwide because they can deteriorate over time, then blast metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment when triggered by a crash.

The inflators have been blamed for at least 23 fatalities and hundreds of injuries. The scandal forced Takata into bankruptcy in mid-2017. The company’s assets were acquired a few months later in a $1.6 billion deal by U.S.-based Key Safety Systems. Inc.