The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.
A defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.
The probe was opened over an April 2011 car crash that severely injured an elderly man when the passenger air bags didn’t deploy.
BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.
Here’s an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don’t always deploy when drivers – or regulators – expect them to.
It’s the company’s second recall to fix air bags that may not inflate in a crash.
Nissan is recalling five of its 2013 models in the U.S. because a faulty sensor can permanently turn off the front-seat passenger air bag.
Chrysler is recalling more than 744,500 older model Jeep SUV’s in the U.S. because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.
Ford is recalling more than 154,000 Fiesta subcompacts to fix a problem with the side air bags.
Auto dealers in metro Detroit, and the Big Three automakers themselves, are waiting to hear more details about a dangerous safety concern: counterfeit air bags.