German car maker BMW said it will recall around 1.6 million cars worldwide due to a potential airbag problem. 

The recall affected the BMW 3 series model built between May 1999 and August 2006.

In a statement today, BMW said that it was a "precautionary voluntary measure to minimise the risk of the passenger airbag not opening properly".

The airbags, made by Takata Corp, could break apart during deployment and injure passengers. 

BMW is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue in its cars, BMW spokesman David Buchko said.
In the latest recall, about 574,000 of the affected cars were sold in the United States, about 450,000 in Germany and about 189,000 in the United Kingdom. 

Last year, BMW recalled 42,000 cars in the United States for this issue.