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BMW adds 140K vehicles to nationwide Takata airbag recall

BMW is among five automakers that have been asked to issue a nationwide recall for driver-side airbag inflators.

BMW has confirmed plans to issue a nationwide recall for older 3-Series vehicles outfitted with Takata airbags.

The expansion is said to include approximately 140,000 units from the 2004-2006 model years, adding to the 11,000 vehicles listed in the initial campaign focused on high-humidity states and territories.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had called on major automakers to orchestrate nationwide recalls for allegedly defective driver-side airbag inflators, however the agency is still allowing the passenger-side components to be fixed on a regional basis.

"All five affected automakers have agreed to conduct a national recall of defective driver's side air bags made by Takata at our request," NHTSA acting administrator David Friedman said in a statement published by The Detroit News.

BMW suggests none of the failures that prompted the NHTSA request have involved its vehicles, but the company nonetheless agreed to widen the recall.

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