National recall of Takata airbags
In June, automakers who used airbags made by the Japanese company Takata issued regional recalls of cars in high humidity areas, where defective airbags could explode and injure drivers and passengers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pressuring Takata to issue a national recall, and the airbag manufacturer has insisted that only cars in areas with high humidity, including Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, required the recall. The national recall, however, is still limited only to airbags on the driver’s side; the passenger-side airbags remain under the regional recall.
The faulty airbags can propel shrapnel into front seat occupants. The defect has been linked to five deaths, none in BMW vehicles.