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BMW, Jeep, Toyota and others join the auto recall bandwagon


If you drive a vehicle within the US, there is a decent chance it has been recalled at some point for some sort of mechanical issue.

BMW recently recalled approximately 220,000 vehicles, model year 2002 and 2003 3-series sedans, M3 coupes, station wagons, and M3 convertibles, adding to a steadily growing list of cars with reported airbag issues.

The airbags, manufactured by Takata Corp are found in 3.4 million vehicles throughout the world and approximately 1.3 million in the United States, including vehicles by Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp., and Nissan Motor Corp. The airbag, made by the second-largest supplier of seatbelts and airbags in the world, may inflate improperly, putting the front passenger in danger from a malfunctioning airbag or by metal fragments.

A number of factors within the airbag could cause the inflator propellent to degrade, which would result in excessive internal pressure when the airbag is deployed.

At this time, no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the defective airbag, according to BMW spokesman Dave Buchko. Buchko also said that BMW is producing the parts to fix the problem and that they should be available in July.

In regard to the recall as a whole, the problem was identified in 2011 when an airbag improperly deployed in Japan, and then in Puerto Rico. Takata attempted to recreate the glitch to confirm the issue, but was unable to. After an additional three incidents occurred in Puerto Rico and Maryland in 2012, Takata voluntarily recalled the vehicles.

BMW owners can take their car into their local BMW dealer to have it repaired.

An equally important recall is one for the 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-2010 Jeep Commander models. According to plentiful reports, the vehicle can shift into neutral while in operation, as the result of an issue in the circuit board. Obviously, a vehicle that can unpredictably shift to neutral while driving creates a high hazard for drivers and passengers as an accident can occur very quickly.

So far, 26 accidents have been reported as a result of cracks in the circuit board, as well as two injuries. Additional details about the accidents or the extent of the injuries were not disclosed by the companies.

Jeep began investigating the reports in January 2012 when a Jeep owner noticed his Jeep rolling away after being started with a remote key system.

The investigation showed, according to Chrysler that four-wheel drive models could be additionally effected as the four-wheel option could also be turned on and off due to cracks in the circuit board.

To have your Jeep repaired, please contact your local dealership. The recall notices have not been sent out as of yet, but the repairs will be still be covered by the company.

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The world is dangerous enough without adding in a defective vehicle. When a recalled or defective vehicle causes a crash, the fault may be incorrectly assigned, causing undue pain, suffering, expense, and stress. If you or a loved one were injured or had damaged property as a result of a defective vehicle, contact the car recall attorneys at the Killino Firm today.