US extends BMW deadline to get replacement air bag inflators – Reuters

The BMW logo is seen during the 2016 New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, New York March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The BMW logo is seen throughout the 2016 Brand-new York Global Auto Reveal in Manhattan, Brand-new York March 24, 2016.

Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

n”>BMW AG (BMWG.DE) will certainly get hold of 5 much more months to gain Takata (7312.T) air bag alternative portions for a massive recall since examinations showed a few of the replacement inflators could likewise be defective, the U.S. auto safety agency said on the subject of Thursday.

The deadline for the German automaker was extensive to Aug. 31 since a alternative driver-adverse air bag inflator earned by a supplier others compared to Takata failed throughout testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

“NHTSA’s priority continues to be ensuring that unsafe air bag inflators are replaced along with protected ones,” the agency said in a statement.

A BMW spokeswoman declined to comment.

Takata inflators can easily explode along with excessive pressure and spray metal shrapnel in to automobile passenger compartments, and have actually been linked to 10 deaths global and much more compared to 100 U.S. injuries. To date, 14 automakers have actually recalled regarding 24 million vehicles involving regarding 28 million Takata air bag inflators.

NHTSA said every one of automakers besides BMW have actually reported that they are on the subject of monitor to satisfy the original March 31 deadline under a agency order to offer sufficient alternative inflators for “priority one” vehicles, along with the highest risk of ruptures. The agency specified the deadline in very early November.

The consent order likewise specified deadlines of Sept. 30 for automakers to have actually sufficient alternative portions for “priority two” vehicles, and Dec. 31 for “priority three” vehicles. NHTSA will certainly suspend those deadlines for BMW until 2017.

The delays affect 420,000 recalled vehicles, including numerous sorts of BMW 3-series, 5-collection and the X5, NHTSA said. regarding 100,000 of these are priority one cars.

BMW told NHTSA in January that it had obtained alternative inflators from a supplier which it did not identify, then reported subsequent testing failures to the agency.

The automaker requested a five-month expansion in February.

The expansion applies just to one sort of inflator and not to others Takata inflators in vehicles manufactured by BMW.

BMW said it was functioning on the subject of 3 alternative designs as a backup strategy if the latest redesigned portion fails.

BMW told NHTSA in a Feb. 23 letter released by the agency on the subject of Thursday that it believed the root create of the test failures “relates to unanticipated interaction along with the horn bowl in the steering wheels.”

Until then, BMW will certainly keep on its “like-for-enjoy remedy routine until an alternative inflator is available,” NHTSA said.

In late December, NHTSA named John Buretta, a former official in the Justice Department’s criminal division, to serve as independent monitor overseeing the Takata recalls.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Richard Chang)