BMW Faulty fuel pump, Toyota takata airbags

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Product recalls seems to be in vogue at the moment. The world is just coming to terms with the recall and eventual termination of the Galaxy Note 7, one of Samsung’s Flagship devices. Now the recall mania has moved over to the auto industries.

BMW Faulty fuel pump, Toyota takata airbags
Cars packed in a lot

For different reasons, Toyota and BMW would over the next few weeks be involved in the logistical nightmare that is the recalling of cars all over the world.

BMW recalled cars over faulty fuel pumps.

BMW Faulty fuel pump, Toyota takata airbags
BMW

It now public knowledge that BMW has issued a recall order for 154,472 Canadian and US  cars over faulty fuel pumps. According to the company, the fault can cause the cars to stall while in motion.

The number of cars affected represents the number of affected BMW models sold in these countries between 2007 and 2011. So if you bought a BMW model between that time frame, your ride is likely affected.

On he other hand, it is possible that you could have bought your car in that time frame without being affected. This is because not all BMW models are affected.

This is the list of cars affected: X5 3.0si, X5 4.8i, X5 M, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i and X5 xDrive50i, 2008-2011 X6 x Drive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M, 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid

Executives told the US regulators that no injuries have being reported due to the problem and the latest measure is a continuation of a process that has being ongoing since 2014.

On the past two years the same recall measures for the safety of BMW car owners have been carried out in countries like South Korea, Japan, and China.

So I guess very soon, BMW would beam their searchlight to African countries. After all, the rich and government agencies buy enough BMW cars in Africa too.

Toyota recalls millions of cars over faulty Takata airbags

BMW Faulty fuel pump, Toyota takata airbags
Toyota

For Toyota, the problem is related to the manufacturers of the airbags in some Toyota models.

So if the company that made your car used airbags from Takata, be very apprehensive. Airbags made by Takata are at the center of the problem that is affecting different manufacturers.

Air bags are suppose to be for the safety of the driver and passenger in an accident. But in this case, when the airbags deplore after a collision, they rupture shooting out metal fragments into the vehicle hurting whoever is in the vehicle.

The problem was first noticed three years ago. Then it was thought not many cars were affected. But time and several collisions later had revealed that millions of cars around the world are affected.

The problem has even caused several recorded fatalities.

For Toyota the total number of cars to be recalled is a whooping 5.8 million automobiles in Europe, China, Japan and other countries with the airbags.

This latest recall would make it 23 million cars recalled since the scheme started around the world.

BMW Faulty fuel pump, Toyota takata airbags
Car airbag

You can check if your vehicle is part of the recall by going to this website. Note that you don’t have to own a Toyota to be affected.

But for those who own a Toyota, here is a list of models involved: 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner, 2003-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2009-2011 Toyota Matrix, 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4, 2011 Toyota Sienna, 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia, 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra, 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris

Again, to reiterate, a s far as faulty airbags are concerned, Toyota vehicles are not the only cars affected. It doesn’t matter if you drive a Benz or a Caddy, if the airbags in your car were made by Takata, you could be in serious trouble if the car is involved in a serious collision.

To avoid any doubt, there is a comprehensive list of all cars affected by this flaw on Car and Driver. You’d do well to check it out.

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