Old BMW 3-Series cars should be parked due to air bag danger

Detroit (AP) — BMW is telling owners of some older 3-series cars stop driving them after another recall of dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

A driver in Australia was killed by an airbag malfunction, while another Australian and a driver in Cyprus were injured, according to government documents.

Bankrupt Takata is now recalling about 1.4 million driver’s side inflators in the U.S. because they could explode and hurl shrapnel

Included are more than 116,000 BMW 3-Series cars from the 1999 to 2001 model years.

In addition, certain Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles made from 1995 to 2000 are covered, but information on which models was not available early Wednesday.

Unlike previous recalls, the non-azide inflators do not use volatile ammonium nitrate to fill the air bags in a crash. But the air bag propellant can still deteriorate over time and explode too fast, blowing apart the inflator body. They also might not fully inflate to protect people in a crash.

Takata says in government documents that it made about 4.5 million of the inflators worldwide but only a portion are still in use because the vehicles are so old.

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