GM, BMW announce recalls

8:05 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
A detail of the wheel of the BMW Z4 M Coupe as it makes its world premiere during the 76th Geneva International Motor Show on February 28, 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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DETROIT -- Two major automakers have announced recalls.

General Motors is recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans in the U.S. because a defective battery control module could stall the engine or cause a fire.

Vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years equipped with GM's eAssist hybrid system are affected.

GM says it knows of two truck fires related to the issue, but no injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile, BMW is recalling more than 45,000 3 series sedans in the U.S. and Canada because their passenger air bags may not inflate properly. The recall affects 3 Series from the 2002 and 2003 model years.

The defective air bags have an inflator housing that can rupture during deployment and send shrapnel flying into the vehicle.

The 3 Series sedans are among 3.4 million vehicles being recalled worldwide by six different automakers, including Toyota, Honda and GM. They all used passenger air bags made by Takata Corp.

(Associated Press)

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