Euro Auto, BMW’s authorized distributor in Vietnam, confirmed that it recalled over a thousand automobiles to replace their passenger-side front air bags.
The recall was made on August 21. Free repair services are now available at two Euro Auto shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Giao Thong Van Tai (Transport) newspaper quoted an Euro Auto representative as saying.
The process only takes about an hour.
The paper confirmed the recall with BMW’s distributor after it reported that BMW had sought to quietly make the repairs starting on August 21.
Euro Auto said the recall was ordered following BMW reports of a problem with front passenger airbags on its E46 vehicles -- 1,189 of which were purchased in Vietnam.
On July 16, BMW recalled about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp, fearing that some of the inflation devices could potentially break during deployment and injure passengers, Reuters reported.
The recall only affected three-series vehicles produced between May 1999 and August 2006.
BMW said is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
On August 5, 2014 BMW reported a 26 percent rise in its second quarter operating profits, exceeding forecasts, after new off-road models and strong China sales boosted earnings.