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BMW recalls certain SUVs for Takata air bag problem

(Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

BMW is recalling certain SUVS because of a new problem with Takata air bags.

The vehicles have a driver’s frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stated.

“The inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death,” the NHTSA warned.

Fox Business reported that the air bag inflators are made by Takata.

The recall covers certain X3 and X4 SUVs from the 2015 model year, and X5s from 2014 and 2015.

Dealers will replace the driver’s air bag at no cost starting November 11.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s front air bag, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin Nov. 11, 2016 and impacts about 4,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 16V683000.