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BMW, GM recalling vehicles

BMW is recalling about 45,500 of its 3 Series sedans in the United States and Canada.

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BMW is recalling about 45,500 of its 3 Series sedans in the United States and Canada.

DETROIT — BMW is recalling 3 Series sedans in the United States and Canada, about 45,500 of them, because their passenger air bags may not inflate properly. The recall affects the 2002 and 2003 model years. The air bags have a housing that can rupture during deployment and send shrapnel into the car.

The 3 Series is one of 3.4 million vehicles being recalled worldwide by six automakers, including Toyota, Honda, and GM. All the companies used passenger air bags made by Takata Corp.

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General Motors Co. also is recalling 38,197 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse, and Buick Regal sedans 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.

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