WASHINGTON — BMW of North America has added 279,965 vehicles to its Takata airbag recall, including certain 2002-'05 BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi sedans, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other vehicles included in the expanded recall are the 2002-'05 BMW 325xi and 325i sport wagons; 2002-'06 BMW 330Ci, 325Ci and M3 convertibles and 325i, 330i and M3 coupes; 2002-'03 BMW M5, 540i, 525i sedan and 530i sedans and 540i and 525i sport wagons and 2003-'04 BMW X5 3.0i and 4.4i SUVs.
The 5 Series and X5 vehicles are only included in the recall if they are equipped with the optional sports steering wheel.
BMW now is recalling a total of 420,661 vehicles in the U.S. for defective Takata airbags that can explode on deployment, shooting potentially lethal metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants.
On Monday NHTSA said on its Recalls Spotlight microsite it has received notification from BMW that vehicle owners are now able to search by Vehicle Identification Number or VIN to see if their vehicles are affected by the Takata airbag recalls. Owners can use NHTSA's VIN Lookup Tool to find this information or BMW's VIN lookup page.
BMW told federal safety regulators it is not aware of any injuries or deaths linked to the recall.
NHTSA said that BMW vehicles that have had their driver-side frontal airbag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their airbag replaced under this recall as well.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles need to stay in close touch with their dealership's service manager who can tell them when parts will become available.