BMW Group is recalling 1.6 million vehicles over concerns with airbag safety, and roughly 574,000 of those cars are in the United States, the company said on Wednesday.
The recall will affect the BMW's 3 Series sedans manufactured across the world between mid-1999 and mid-2006.
The Germany-based luxury automaker cited safety hazards on the passenger airbag inflator, made by Tokyo-based Takata Corp., one of the three major air bag manufacturers in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. The defect could cause the cylinder-shaped metal inflators to explode, which could send fragments flying and potentially harm people in a vehicle.
BMW is just one of several auto companies that has had to make recalls on Takata products. As of the end of June, seven major automakers, including Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda, have issued recalls on 10 million vehicles.
The recalls began as a result of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into six reports of airbag inflator explosions.