TOKYO (Reuters) - BMW <BMWG.DE> on Friday recalled about 110,000 cars in Japan over potentially faulty air bag inflators made by Takata Corp <7312.T>, as part of the auto industry's largest ever global recall.
The German automaker recalled 44 models including its 116i and 118i hatchbacks and the 320i sedan to replace passenger-side air bags made by the parts maker, according to a filing to Japan's transport ministry.
Affected vehicles were produced between 2004 and 2012.
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Defective Takata air bags have been linked to at least 14 deaths and 150 injuries worldwide as the ammonium nitrate-based propellant used in its inflators has a tendency to explode following prolonged exposure to hot, humid conditions, spraying metal shrapnel.
Friday's recall comes after Japan's transport ministry in May ordered automakers to recall an additional 7 million vehicles in Japan equipped with Takata air bag inflators which do not contain a drying agent, in phases by 2019, following an expanded recall by U.S. authorities.
(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Stephen Coates)