BMW recalls its old models for airbag replacement
|   Friday, May 10, 2013
The airbag of a car is a very important feature in order to provide safety and security to the passengers in the car. If the airbags of a car do not function properly it could be a fatal error and could cost a lot of lives. People buy expensive cars with the thought of complete safety and if the safety features do not work properly then what is the use of having them in the car with so much extra money?

BMW has decided to replace the airbags of its series 3 models that were sold around the time from 2002 to 2004.
The models had a problem with the airbag of the side of the front passenger seat. The airbag seems to throw shrapnel when the airbags open. This seems to be a serious error with the cars of that era.

There are five other companies who have decided to tackle this problem before BMW. The companies are Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda and General Motors. The companies have replaced the old airbags in the cars of that period. This was a great move to improve safety features and improve on customer trust and belief.

The company has however not faced any complaints from any of the customers regarding this problem over the years. However the other companies have faced this problem. There are six instances of such incidents. Four of the incidents have occurred in New York and two of them were reported in Japan. Six such accidents were reported at the Takata Corp workshop.

So without taking any risk the company intends to improve on the safety measures with the car. The Takata Corp who produced the airbags failed to make perfect safety measures and the products were faulty. There were no lives lost however but at the testing centre the throwing of shrapnel led to the loss of many lives.

The company's personnel Dave Buchko who handles these things said that the fault in the accelerant that is used to open the airbags in times of crash leads to such problems. If the products used are not according to the perfect specifications then there might be a fault in the products. It also leads to the development of excessive pressure during a crash that enables the airbags to burst out and throw shrapnel. This is a risky situation at times.

The company says that the BMW car owners will be contacted about the replacement of the airbags through the e-mail service. When the parts are available they will be called in to get their updates. The owners can also log on to the website of the company and contact the company about the replacements. The owners can get an appointment from the website when the parts are available. This is a serious issue and it needs to be dealt with at the earliest. Airbag problems can lead to loss of lives.
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