German car company Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is recalling 1.6 million cars globally due to a front-passenger air-bag defect.
The recall is affecting BMW 3-Series models that have been produced between May 1999 and August 2006, the company said. BMW noted that it is a “precautionary voluntary measure to minimize the risk of the passenger airbag not opening properly,” and that fixing a vehicle would take only about an hour.
The possibly faulty airbag has been a problem in other cars as well, including those made by Honda, Toyota, and Nissan Motor Co. Sold by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., the inflators have a chance of breaking apart and injuring passengers in the car.
BMW has said that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries that have been caused by this issue, but wants to prevent any chance of an injury occurring in the future.
“As a precaution, we just feel now that the right thing to do is just to bring them all in and replace the passenger-side air bag,” BMW spokesperson Dave Buchko said.
The recall is an extension of last year’s BMW recall that brought in 240,000 cars made between 2001 and 2003 for the same issue. Cars that were recalled last year do not need to have repairs done on them again, said the company.