BMW NZ confirms local 3 Series models not affected by Takata recall
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BMW New Zealand has posted a brief response following overnight revelations that selected 3 Series models in Australia are being recalled for faulty Takata airbags.
In the process of issuing the recall, BMW Australia made the unique recommendation for owners of impacted vehicles to "stop driving" them "immediately".
“We can confirm that vehicles purchased from BMW New Zealand are not affected by the current safety recall in Australia,” they said.
We quizzed BMW New Zealand further about whether the large number of imports that reside here (most of which are from Japan) are affected or not.
The firm subsequently responded with the following statement, which appears to give Japanese import models immunity from the recall.
“The Takata safety recall is limited to certain BMW E46 3 Series built between November 1997 and June 2000. These vehicles were built for the Australian market only.”