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by David Zalstein

More than 21,000 BMW X5 and BMW X6 SUVs have been recalled by BMW Australia, as the ongoing Takata airbag issue continues to expand.

Affecting 21,649 second-generation E70 BMW X5s and first-generation E71 BMW X6s built between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012, the recall relates to the possible malfunction of the driver’s airbag.

According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety website, “the gas generator of the driver’s airbag can malfunction if subjected to high levels of absolute air humidity.”

“If the gas generator explodes, metal parts may be propelled out of the airbag due to high internal pressure, potentially causing injury to the driver and/or passengers,” the recall notice says.

In response to the recall announcement, BMW Australia product communications manager Adam Davis told CarAdvice, “We are notifying impacted owners and are working to rectify as quickly as possible.”

Although BMW Australia is contacting owners, the local division of the premium German brand additionally recommends owners contact BMW Australia or a BMW dealer – or call the BMW Group Customer Interaction Centre on 1800 813 299 – to arrange a vehicle inspection and repair (if required).

BMW Australia says consumers can also make contact via the BMW Group Australia website or head to its specific recall check webpage to check to see if their vehicle has an outstanding technical action or safety recall on it, using their vehicle’s VIN or chassis number.

Affecting around 60 to 100 million vehicles globally, and around 2.1 million in Australia, the Takata airbag recall has grown to include a wide range of brands including BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

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