The New York Department of Motor Vehicles is issuing a consumer alert for certain BMW models as the automaker has upgraded their defective airbag recall to now “Do Not Drive.”
The recall affects BMW models including: model years 2000-06 3 Series, including the M3, 2000-03 5 Series, including the M5, and 2000-04 X5. The recall is for 90,000 BMWs built between 2000 and 2006 which already have an active recall for a defective Takata airbag.
Other automakers who have similar recalls in place include Honda and Fiat Chrysler.
“New Yorkers with vehicles that are subject to this recall, and subsequent upgrade, should take steps immediately to fix this airbag issue and to protect themselves and others,” said DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Mark J.F. Schroeder.
Do Not Drive warnings are not issued without serious consideration of driver and passenger safety. The DMV urges anyone who has an affected vehicle to act “as soon as possible.”
Takata airbags have been known to be defective resulting in a high probability of the airbag failing during a crash. Additionally, if the inflators to the airbag ruptures, a high risk of metal fragments ejected towards the driver’s face and may cause fatal or serious life-altering injuries.
BMW has provided additional information on the upgraded status of their recall on their company website, HERE.