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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-13-2014, 05:21 AM
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How does humidity trigger this airbag defect?
It's explained in the NYT article I posted above. The propellant is highly sensitive to contamination by moisture, which makes it unstable and prone to "overly energetic combustion." Some of the propellant was suspected to have been improperly stored at Takata's Mexican factory.

Humidity was just one of the suspects Takata investigated while they, Honda, and regulators dragged their feet in warning the public about the defect. Other theories included flaws in the propellant packaging process at a U.S. factory, as well as U.S. workers' circumvention of a QA/QC procedure that would have rejected substandard parts.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:37 PM
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I received the recall notice today and live I Massachusetts, they will send another notice when they have parts
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:40 PM
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I received the recall notice today and live I Massachusetts, they will send another notice when they have parts
I just got my recall notice today as well, and I live in California, so I guess they're going nationwide with it now.
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:58 PM
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I just got my recall notice today as well, and I live in California, so I guess they're going nationwide with it now.
I got the notice today as well.... (NJ)
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:39 PM
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:56 PM
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I got 2 in the mail today, and now I'm wondering why the guy I sold my car to in July didn't get the notice instead of me... A little VIN research is due I guess. He best have applied for a title...


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Old 09-15-2014, 06:07 PM
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I received the recall notice today and live I Massachusetts, they will send another notice when they have parts
Same here .....North Carolina. It must be expanding.


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Old 09-15-2014, 06:09 PM
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:33 PM
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:34 PM
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:55 PM
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NY Times article on what happened.

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Between late 2001 and late 2002, workers at a Takata factory in Monclova, Mexico, had left out moisture-sensitive explosives on the plant floor, making them prone to “overly energetic combustion,”
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Takata engineers next linked the defect to its factory in Moses Lake, Wash. Between 2000 and 2002, a flaw in a machine that presses air bag explosives into wafers had made the explosives unstable
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In the following months, Takata engineers came up with yet another explanation for the ruptures: Beginning in September 2001, machine operators at the Moses Lake plant could have inadvertently switched off an “auto reject” function that weeded out poorly made explosives that can become unstable
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:03 PM
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I'm in northern Ohio and I got my notice today. I'm kind of surprised, as I just bought the car on the memorial day weekend and licensed it 28 days later.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:17 PM
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Has anyone actually had their questionable airbag replaced yet? I received the notice letter today, and it says that BMW NA does not have the parts yet, but will notify me when they become available.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:37 PM
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My SRS light came on last Monday. I had just had the car detailed and picked it up so I thought they had done something to my baby. Called the dealership (even with no active recalls) and they told me about this (could be why the light went off). Needless to say i'm taking it in Friday to get looked at!!

I'm in Ontario too btw ... i don't know if it's this specific recall but it would be a pretty big coincidence!

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Old 09-16-2014, 12:08 AM
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LOL Epic recall fail

Got the notice and it reads basically your cars effected by this recall but we dont have any parts to actually put on your car but if we do get some one day we will notify you again.
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:32 AM
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LOL Epic recall fail

Got the notice and it reads basically your cars effected by this recall but we dont have any parts to actually put on your car but if we do get some one day we will notify you again.

Yea I saw this pretty embarrassing for bmw. Im sure a lawsuit can be file as you should be able to claim your car is unsafe to drive if you ever were in an accident.

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Old 09-16-2014, 04:25 AM
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LOL Epic recall fail

Got the notice and it reads basically your cars effected by this recall but we dont have any parts to actually put on your car but if we do get some one day we will notify you again.
I've actually gotten two from honda just like this in the past year. One for a fuel pump connection and one for a yaw sensor. Parts came in within 90 days. It may be standard practice when the parts aren't available in large quantities, vs. just a labor/supplies kind of fix.

My guess is that it is to try to limit liability by making the driver aware of a potentially unsafe condition, thereby spreading fault to a driver driving a known unsafe car.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:22 AM
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Unsafe if the manf. Made it unsafe of course with neglect to fully test product before placing it on the market. If I was a good lawyer, easy case to make.

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Old 09-16-2014, 05:27 AM
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I'm in northern Ohio and I got my notice today. I'm kind of surprised, as I just bought the car on the memorial day weekend and licensed it 28 days later.
I guess it depends on when BMW pulled the data from various DMV resources, and how quickly (ha!) each DMV processes the title applications. I'm in NH and sold my car into Maine in July, and I still got the notice for the sold car. However, I bought my new E46 at the same time and I got the notice for that one too... So clearly BMW has current info for one car but not the other, sold at about the same time, but into different states.

I noticed that they include a little card to fill out the new owner's information, which I guess I'll have to do too. And clearly they recognize that many of these cars may have changed hands between when they pulled the data and when the mail is arriving.
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Just got mine. Now we wait.

Does anyone know if they'll provide loaner cars?
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Got the notice and it reads basically your cars effected by this recall but we dont have any parts to actually put on your car but if we do get some one day we will notify you again.

Its just another way of saying " Were still trying to figure out whats the cheapest and safest way to fix yet another one of our failures.."

Just got mine today... Now we wait untill they stock up on airbags..
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Just got mine. Now we wait.

Does anyone know if they'll provide loaner cars?

I wanna get an M6 as a loaner...
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recall update - my take ...

Owned my car for 2 months, still got the recall - impressed, but called dealer and they said "4 weeks before they have parts - call back after you get letter saying parts are in .... "

SO, do I drive the car with no passenger and or the family for a month ...... or ?

Like all are saying a "Good or OK" lawyer should have a heyday with this recall -

one passenger in an accident in the next 4 weeks is going to make a Lawyer a millionaire!
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:38 PM
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:23 PM
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My guess is that it is to try to limit liability by making the driver aware of a potentially unsafe condition, thereby spreading fault to a driver driving a known unsafe car.
We don't have the recall in our Takata airbag explosive mixes, so presumably we won't get the shrapnel cutting out carotid arteries like you E46 guys will, but, for you guys, what are you supposed to do differently now that you know there is a potential danger?

Wear helmets?
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