Thousands of BMW owners in Ireland are to be affected by a recall of cars with a potentially dangerous airbag problem.

The cars involved are 3 Series models made between 1999 and 2006, several thousand of which were sold in Ireland.

The airbags, manufactured by Japanese company Takata, have been the subject of huge problems for the global motor industry.

They have caused companies such as Honda, Nissan, Mazda, General Motors and Toyota to recall several of their models.

Honda has already linked two deaths to the faulty airbags, which may not inflate properly and can cause injuries to drivers and passengers.

BMW said it has had no problems with the airbags and is recalling the cars, regardless of where they were sold, as a precaution.

Honda has already recalled cars six times because of the problem.

The BMW 3 Series is one of Ireland's most popular executive-type cars and thousands were sold in the country during the period covered by the recall.

Concerned owners should contact their local BMW dealer.