Major car brands recall 730,000 vehicles over safety risks including 'sharp metal fragments striking driver'

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Motorists will likely receive notification letters if they are impacted in the coming weeks

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 11/07/2024

- 07:00

Popular electric vehicles were also included in the recall

Almost 735,000 vehicles have been recalled due to various safety defects, with manufacturers warning motorists of higher chances of being involved in an accident.

Millions of vehicles have already been recalled this year with more likely to follow as manufacturers continue to make improvements to safety measures.

Throughout 2023, almost 35 million vehicles were recalled, with more than 1,000 individual recall notices, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported.

GB News has rounded up the most important car recalls of the past few weeks that drivers need to know about.

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The 2011 BMW 328i Sedan

The 2011 BMW 328i Sedan



The German brand has been forced to recall more than 390,000 vehicles in the United States over fears faulty airbag inflators could potentially explode.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that an "explosion of the inflator could result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other car occupants", potentially leading to injury or death.

Vehicles being recalled include the 2006-2011 3 Series Sedans (324i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi) and 2009-2011 3 Series Sedan (335d).

BMW Sportswagons are also at risk of being recalled namely those manufactured between 2006 and 2012 with the vehicle models 325xi, 328i and 328xi.

These vehicles may have seen the original steering wheel replaced with a sport or M-sport steering wheel.

These are equipped with an inflator which could explode, further increasing the risk of an explosion and serious incident.

Reuters reported that the PSDI-5 airbags, which are manufactured by Japanese brand Takata Corp, have become part of the "largest, most complex recall process in auto history".

The Fiat 500e electric vehicle \u200bThe Fiat 500e electric vehicle​FIAT


More than 332,000 vehicles are being recalled from the manufacturing conglomerate in response to a concern with faulty seatbelt sensors.

The NHTSA reported: "A seatbelt buckle switch sensor may be improperly connected, preventing the front seat airbag from deploying as intended."

Dealers will repair the connection for free, with notification letters expected to be sent out in the coming months.

\u200bThe Alfa Romeo Giulia Tributo Italiano

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Tributo Italiano


The recall includes certain 2017-2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia, and 2018-2025 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, along with 2019-2023 Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and 2024 Fiat 500E models.

Drivers have been asked to take their cars to their local dealer, where they will be able to repair the issue.

Stellantis previously recalled more than one million vehicles in North America in response to a software error preventing rear-view cameras from displaying.

Following the recall notice in June, owners of Dodge Durango, Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, Jeep Compass, Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and Ram Promasters were alerted.


The Lucid Air electric vehicle \u200b

The Lucid Air electric vehicle



The electric vehicle manufacturer has been forced to recall 5,251 of its 2022-2023 Air luxury sedans in relation to a software update error that could cause a loss of power.

A second recall notice was issued for 7,506 of its 2022-2024 Air EVs due to a separate issue with a coolant heater that could fail to defrost the windshield in colder weather.

An over-the-air update was issued in June to deal with the issue, with another update being launched to identify the heater failure and warn the drivers of the impacted vehicles.

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