12,000 BMW vehicles are being urgently recalled across Australia over fears that they contain potentially dangerous Takata airbags.
According to Yahoo! News, the competition watchdog has said that transport safety authorities identified another Takata airbag that could cause serious injury or death.
As a result, BMW Australia issued a voluntary recall on Thursday for E46 3 Series vehicles that were built between November 1997 and June 2000.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the recall comes after safety authorities identified similarities between abnormal airbag deployments in BMW vehicles in Australia, Japan and the US.
According to the ACCC, if a car with the affected airbag crashes, the inflator could rupture and sharp metal fragments could enter the vehicle cabin at high speed.
There is also reportedly a potential risk that the airbags will under inflate in a collision and not provide the correct protection for the driver.
Owners of the BMW vehicles are being advised to stop driving them immediately and to contact their local dealership or BMW Australia’s Takata hotline on 1800 243 675.
“BMW will arrange to tow your vehicle to repair facilities for inspection, or send a mobile technician out to your premises or vehicle’s location to inspect the vehicle,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said in a statement on Thursday.
“If your vehicle has been fitted with one of these dangerous airbags, BMW will arrange a loan or hire car or reimbursement for alternative transportation costs until airbag replacement parts are available or until other arrangements are made.
“You may also wish to discuss the vehicle being purchased back by BMW.”
The affected airbags are Takata NADI-type 5AT and are not related to the current compulsory Takata airbag recall.
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