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BMW on Wednesday said it is recalling more than 394,000 vehicles in the North America because of Takata-made airbag inflators that could explode when deployed in a crash, potentially striking drivers and passengers with sharp metal fragments.

The recall applies to the following models:

  • 2006-2011 3 Series Sedan (324i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi),
  • 2006-2012 3 Series Sportswagon (325xi, 328i, 328xi)
  • 2009-2011 3 Series Sedan (335d)

According to recall documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the original steering wheel on the affected BMW cars may have been replaced by owners with a sport or M-sport steering wheel with PSDI-5 inflators using ammonium nitrate that over time could lead to “overly aggressive combustion.”

“In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants,” BMW said in the recall report.

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