BMW to Replace Passenger-side Front Airbags in 2000-06 3 Series, As a Precaution

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Washburn on June 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/23/a...rd-and-toyota/

Quote:
"BMW is recalling an undisclosed number of 325i, 325Xi, 330i and 330Xi models from the 2001 through 2005 model years and the 2001-2006 model year versions of the 325Ci and 330Ci for the driver side and passenger side inflators. Only vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands are covered under this recall."
FULL PRESS RELEASE:

BMW
RECALL Subject : Frontal Air Bag Inflators may Rupture
Report Receipt Date: JUN 20, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V348000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW 325CI 2001-2006
BMW325I 2001-2005
BMW325XI 2001-2005
BMW330CI 2001-2006
BMW330I 2001-2005
BMW330XI 2001-2005

Details
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is conducting a limited regional recall for certain model year 2001-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi, and 2001-2006 325Ci and 330Ci vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the driver side and/or passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of either of the frontal air bags, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

REMEDY:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the frontal air bag(s) free of charge. This recall is expected to begin during August 2014. Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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64 responses to BMW to Replace Passenger-side Front Airbags in 2000-06 3 Series, As a Precaution

crowz commented:
June 28, 2014, 4:01 pm

Err k. Why only those states?
Washburn commented:
June 28, 2014, 5:05 pm

Has to do with high humidity - so only states with high humidity (hopefully this is only for now, and will expand later...)
I am in NC - I think it's pretty humid here!
Bigsean123 commented:
June 28, 2014, 6:44 pm

Yeah I also live in nc and it's very humid all summer long.


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racin366 commented:
June 28, 2014, 6:52 pm

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Yeah I also live in nc and it's very humid all summer long.


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I grew up in south floriduh and spent time in nc, you folks have no idea what humid is. None.
Bigsean123 commented:
June 28, 2014, 7:35 pm

Lol yea I just read up on the humidity stats online comparing Florida and NC and yeah we're safe up here in NC.


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crowz commented:
June 28, 2014, 8:49 pm

We have overage 90% or higher humidity here in ne alabama. Its 96% outside right now at 72 degrees. So yeah I know what humidity is like

Luckily my 2000 isnt in the year ranges nor my wifes 97 528i.
racin366 commented:
June 29, 2014, 9:40 am

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Originally Posted by crowz View Post
We have overage 90% or higher humidity here in ne alabama. Its 96% outside right now at 72 degrees. So yeah I know what humidity is like

Luckily my 2000 isnt in the year ranges nor my wifes 97 528i.
The numbers don't tell the whole story, in south floriduh there's the atlantic ocean, 10 miles of developed land, 65 miles of everglades swamp, 10 miles of land, and then the gulf. You sweat, but it doesn't cool at all, you just get soaked because it can't evaporate. In the morning it feels like you have to swim to your car and from there it just gets worse. But 9 months a year it rains briefly at 3 in the afternoon, you can set your watch by it.
racin366 commented:
June 29, 2014, 9:44 am

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Originally Posted by Bigsean123 View Post
Lol yea I just read up on the humidity stats online comparing Florida and NC and yeah we're safe up here in NC.


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I'm in Atlanta now and it makes me laugh when people whine about it being hot and humid. It was low 90's this week, but felt like mid 80's in soflo. Come winter you folks will get you laughs at me, if it goes below 70 down there it's time to break out the jackets, I got here in December and it was a huge adjustment, the only things that get cold down there are beverages.
CoupeGal commented:
June 29, 2014, 11:02 am

So if you ever MOVE to one of these states or DRIVE through one of these states, are you automatically eligible?
Fast Bob commented:
June 29, 2014, 1:40 pm

Lived in Looziana for a brief spell....outside of Southeast Asia, that was the most brutal humidity I`ve ever experienced....in the morning, it can be 60 degrees, but you work up a sweat just walking across the street....
crowz commented:
June 29, 2014, 1:53 pm

Back when I had a bounty hunting company I spent time in some interesting (swampy) parts of florida and have visited louisiana and mississippi. Humidity wise for some screwball reason north east alabama around cheaha mountain here has super bad humidity. Birmingham is pretty dry and montgomery is super low humidity. The humidity here stays summer and winter which makes summer miserable and winter brutal.

Wifes got relatives from minnesota that visit sometimes that tell us they go out in short sleeve shirts in the 40's there and they bundle up like its a blizzard when they are here at 60 degrees. The humidity and the cold is unbearable to them when they come down to visit.

Im kinda of used to it now I guess.
alpinweiss commented:
June 29, 2014, 4:51 pm

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Originally Posted by CoupeGal View Post
So if you ever MOVE to one of these states or DRIVE through one of these states, are you automatically eligible?
I would hope so. If you can drive THROUGH Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or Virgin Islands, you should be eligible for SOMETHING.

crowz commented:
June 29, 2014, 5:03 pm

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Originally Posted by alpinweiss View Post
I would hope so. If you can drive THROUGH Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or Virgin Islands, you should be eligible for SOMETHING.

Bernie@Bimmerfest commented:
July 16, 2014, 7:37 am

”airbag”

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 16, 2014 – … BMW announced today that it has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the company’s intent to voluntarily recall all model year 2000 – 2006 BMW 3 Series vehicles, produced between May 1999 and August 2006, to replace the passenger-side front airbag as part of a worldwide recall. Potential problems with the airbag inflator which may rupture in vehicles produced by other manufacturers using similar systems from the same supplier have become evident in rare cases. BMW is not aware of a case involving a BMW vehicle. The replacement campaign is a voluntary precautionary measure that aims at minimizing the risk of faulty airbag activation. The number of potentially affected vehicles in the US is approximately 574,000.

This is a voluntary extension of the recall campaign announced in May 2013. At that time, the supplier stated a production period during which potentially faulty airbag inflators were installed in passenger-side front airbags. Following this, BMW recalled 42,000 3 Series vehicles in the US. The supplier has now extended the production period.

In order to ensure maximum safety of our customers, BMW has decided to replace the passenger-side front airbags in the vehicles from the suggested production period, and additionally as a voluntary precautionary measure, the passenger-side front airbags in all model year 2000 – 2006 BMW 3 Series vehicles equipped with this airbag module. The 42,000 units recalled in May 2013 are excluded from the current replacement campaign.

BMW will notify customers with potentially affected vehicles will be informed by mail. Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com.
crowz commented:
July 16, 2014, 12:46 pm

Interesting. So now I get to decide if I want to drive 100 miles one way to get this done. Also they better do it while I wait
1972ford commented:
July 16, 2014, 1:02 pm

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Interesting. So now I get to decide if I want to drive 100 miles one way to get this done. Also they better do it while I wait
I'm not much closer to a dealer than you; it would be a precious half-day off work to get it done, and that's if they are able to do it while I wait as you said.

On a side note, did anyone else notice that the driver's door in the picture isn't lined up perfectly with the front quarter panel? It caught my eye...
OscarN commented:
July 16, 2014, 1:46 pm

Well, how long will the dealer take doing the job?

My dealer isn't that far (30 minute drive). I can go today as long as they get it done while I drink all their coffee.

You have an eye for detail, 1972.

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adamrosee commented:
July 16, 2014, 2:10 pm

I've been looking into recalls here recently, thanks for your education!
harleyrob commented:
July 16, 2014, 2:13 pm

I may have missed it. Is there a time limit on getting it replaced? Meaning, do you have to go to the dealership say by December 2015? I mean, what if your car isnt even running right now and cant drive it an hour one way for installation? Make sense?
bimmerized commented:
July 16, 2014, 7:53 pm

anyone get the letter yet? I'm wondering if I'll be contacted given that I'm the second owner.

Anyone have the fix done? how long did it take them?
OscarN commented:
July 16, 2014, 8:34 pm

Well, according to this link, it takes around one hour to do. Not sure how they're going to contact us though.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/bm...ags-83984.html
jadyn2021 commented:
July 16, 2014, 9:06 pm

So i had my tail lights fixed a few years back, now this.

Its great the recall is this public.

Anyone know , or where i can check what other safety free fixes I might have outstanding?

2003 325i


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G. P. Burdell commented:
July 16, 2014, 9:36 pm

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Originally Posted by bimmerized View Post
anyone get the letter yet?
It took a few weeks for me to receive the letter after BMW NA announced the tail light recall.

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Originally Posted by jadyn2021 View Post
Anyone know , or where i can check what other safety free fixes I might have outstanding?
First, you can find a list of recalls (titles only, no text) somewhere on alldata.com.

Second, your local BMW dealer service advisor should be able to look up your car's VIN to find out which recall services the dealer network has performed, and which recalls or service bulletins are outstanding.

If your car has received recall service(s), you may find BMW NA recall campaign stickers applied somewhere in the engine bay or in the driver's door jamb. The sticker lists the recall campaign number and identifies the dealer that performed the service. They were (and may still be) used to mark cars that had been serviced as part of a particular recall campaign. The idea was for the dealer technician to apply the sticker after finishing the work, but I don't think every dealership bothered to use the stickers.
Scott ZHP commented:
July 17, 2014, 8:49 am

This is likely a $100 million oopsie. Ouch.
JKenshi commented:
July 17, 2014, 9:26 am

I checked with my local dealer... they have no active recalls showing for my car. So, either it hasn't hit their system yet, or it's not EVERY e46. They confirmed that letters will go out and are tracked by VIN, so it goes to the current owner.
davidmaria1 commented:
July 17, 2014, 9:27 am

Go to a BMW dealer. Ask an advisor to do a key-read. That will show any open campaigns. Any decent dealer will do this key-read willingly and politely. The dealer gets paid to do recalls, the advisor is paid commission, and they also get to recommend other services while the car is in.
Stop guessing.
1972ford commented:
July 17, 2014, 10:30 am

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Originally Posted by davidmaria1 View Post
Go to a BMW dealer. Ask an advisor to do a key-read. That will show any open campaigns. Any decent dealer will do this key-read willingly and politely. The dealer gets paid to do recalls, the advisor is paid commission, and they also get to recommend other services while the car is in.
Stop guessing.
Right, or call with your VIN because many people do not live anywhere near a dealer. And if you have a title to your car, you'll get a letter. My father still gets letters from Ford for his 1997 F250.
bimmerized commented:
July 17, 2014, 2:18 pm

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Originally Posted by jadyn2021 View Post
So i had my tail lights fixed a few years back, now this.
When was the tail light recall? which E46s did they impact? I never got a letter for that one either...
MalibuMafiaV commented:
July 17, 2014, 3:20 pm

That'd be nice if they had a recall like this for the passenger side in the M5's. That damn sensor on the seat of mine use to go on and off. But hasn't done it in a long time now that I think about it....
sridario commented:
July 17, 2014, 3:36 pm

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Originally Posted by bimmerized View Post
When was the tail light recall? which E46s did they impact? I never got a letter for that one either...
2011. This link has more info:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...+ground+recall

I had already fixed my symptomatic tail light by adding a second ground path, but when I went to my dealer for the passenger side airbag recall last year (my car fell into the 2013 limited recall VIN range in Canada), they saw this as an outstanding recall and applied their fix to both sides. As said before, have your dealer run the VIN to see what recalls are pending for your vehicle.
jadyn2021 commented:
July 17, 2014, 4:18 pm

So I called my dealership and they told me my 2003 325i's VIN didn't qualify for the recall or need it. Which is odd.

They also told me, that this recall is only for 06-09 models. So THAT'S INTERESTING.

They are also backed up to early September because because BMW NA is only letting them do 3 repairs per week, (her words were that BMW NA only are giving them enough parts to do 3 per week) and can only be done during mon-friday, since the repair can take up to six hours. I work during their service hours so we'll see.

I called BMW NA Cust relations, they know less than whats been released on the press.
Michael Schott commented:
July 17, 2014, 5:41 pm

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Originally Posted by jadyn2021 View Post
So I called my dealership and they told me my 2003 325i's VIN didn't qualify for the recall or need it. Which is odd.

They also told me, that this recall is only for 06-09 models. So THAT'S INTERESTING.

They are also backed up to early September because because BMW NA is only letting them do 3 repairs per week, (her words were that BMW NA only are giving them enough parts to do 3 per week) and can only be done during mon-friday, since the repair can take up to six hours. I work during their service hours so we'll see.

I called BMW NA Cust relations, they know less than whats been released on the press.
Your dealer is wrong from everything I've read This applies only to E46 cars.
Gryphon commented:
July 17, 2014, 7:59 pm

I called the dealership here and they told me that we should recieve a letter by first class mail around the first week in august.

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jadyn2021 commented:
July 17, 2014, 11:25 pm

I also called BMW NA customer relations, they also told me my vin has no recalls.

So my guess is they don't even know whats going on, their systems probably aren't updated yet with the full extent of the recall.
bluebee commented:
July 18, 2014, 1:02 am

Apparently the Takata airbag sprays shrapnel into the cabin, at least according to this reference:
- BMW Recalls 1.6 Million Cars Over Air Bag Problems
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The passenger airbag doesn't inflate properly. That can lead to metal fragments shooting out of the airbag compartment, essentially spraying the interior of the vehicle with shrapnel.
For the record, here are some related recall links:
- How to report a BMW safety problem to the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration for a product recall (1) and what E39 safety repair problems have already been reported to the NHTSA (1) & the safercar.gov recall search engine (1) & how to find out if your BMW is involved in a recall (1) (2) (3) (4)

See also:
- BMW to recall 1.6 million cars on concerns over Takata air bags
- BMW Joins Other Auto Makers in Replacing Defective Takata Part
- BMW recalling all 2000-06 3 Series models over airbags in US, 1.6M globally
- BMW Recalls 1.6 Million Cars Over Air Bag Problems
- BMW Recalls 156,000 Vehicles With 6-Cylinder Engines
Formula 1 commented:
July 18, 2014, 2:36 pm

How do they contact people who are not the first owner of the car?


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jadyn2021 commented:
July 18, 2014, 2:42 pm

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How do they contact people who are not the first owner of the car?


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they dont.

You have to call bmw na customer relations and update the ownership of the vin. they'll ask you for the last 7 digits
Formula 1 commented:
July 18, 2014, 3:42 pm

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they dont.



You have to call bmw na customer relations and update the ownership of the vin. they'll ask you for the last 7 digits

Just did that, thanks!


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TacoBuster commented:
July 18, 2014, 11:58 pm

I called.. Updated the vin info with mine.. So now waiting till mid august to see if my car is one of the recalled vins
OscarN commented:
July 19, 2014, 12:00 am

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Originally Posted by TacoBuster View Post
I called.. Updated the vin info with mine.. So now waiting till mid august to see if my car is one of the recalled vins
Guess I will be calling tomorrow then. What exactly do they ask for? Registration paper and VIN# correct?
TacoBuster commented:
July 19, 2014, 2:20 am

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Originally Posted by OscarN View Post
Guess I will be calling tomorrow then. What exactly do they ask for? Registration paper and VIN# correct?

I just waited for the speak with a rep option.. After I just said I wanted to know if my vehicle was up for recall due to the recent airbag thing mentioned and that I wanted to update my info on my vehicle. All they ask is for full name, address, email if you want to add one where they will send you some info on future stuff and last 7 of vin.. You can have them check if there are any open recalls on your vehicle.


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OscarN commented:
July 22, 2014, 1:21 pm

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Originally Posted by TacoBuster View Post
I just waited for the speak with a rep option.. After I just said I wanted to know if my vehicle was up for recall due to the recent airbag thing mentioned and that I wanted to update my info on my vehicle. All they ask is for full name, address, email if you want to add one where they will send you some info on future stuff and last 7 of vin.. You can have them check if there are any open recalls on your vehicle.


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Just did this. They were closed on Saturday (duhh) and I forgot yesterday.



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OscarN commented:
July 23, 2014, 3:26 am

Bump! Just so new members and anyone else that missed this thread knows about the recall.
FredoinSF commented:
July 23, 2014, 12:05 pm

I was at a SF Bay Area dealership yesterday for pre paid maintenance on the X5 and asked about the recall. First, the SA said he knew nothing about it (not surprised), then he said that it was only some vehicles and not all. I asked him to look up my VIN and it came up with no recalls. Based on that I am not sure if it is all E46's.
The X5 will be going back for another maintenance dealio in the next 60 to 90 days so I'll ask again if I don't get a recall notice by that time.
bluebee commented:
July 23, 2014, 2:57 pm

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Originally Posted by FredoinSF View Post
First, the SA said he knew nothing about it (not surprised),
What's shocking is how little the SAs actually know as, I've asked them questions that I later find out the answers to, which they SHOULD know.

So, the fact they say they don't know can only mean one of two things, neither of which is a good thing:
a) They're ignorant of the basics involved with their job, or,
b) They're telling a salesman-style fib.

There are no other options (do you know of any other reason)?

Anyway, I came here for a different purpose, that to give you guys a PDF that is an absolutely fantastic document, which describes how the BMW SRS system airbags are triggered and how they work (from BMW Marketing, no less), but with absolutely gorgeous pictures that anyone trying to better understand this problem can benefit from ...

See also:
- How do BMW Supplemental Restraint Systems (srs, airbag, bst, crush zones, etc.) really work (1) & what is the cheapest usable BMW airbag srs reset/scan tool on the net (1) & what other scan tools reset the fault (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what can cause a BMW SRS airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & a cn90 DIY for replacing the driver seat belt buckle pretensioner and the passenger seat emulator (1) (2) & where to obtain an airbag occupancy sensor bypass unit (0) (1) (2) & what happens when we disconnect the airbag before the battery or we connect the battery before disconnecting the airbag in seat and window regulator repairs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
bimmer765 commented:
August 23, 2014, 9:35 pm

Ive been to my bros house lousiana and I had never seen morning dew and humidity like that and this was in October. Although I think we had them beat here in Illinois today. I called BMW about the recall and the guy said notices should be arriving in the mail.

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G. P. Burdell commented:
September 12, 2014, 7:07 pm

Here's a New York Times article, published this week, with details as to how we got here.

Takata and Honda reportedly knew about problems with Takata's airbags as early as 2004. After assuring BMW in 2010 that there was not a problem with airbags supplied to BMW, Takata changed its position and informed BMW in 2013 that the airbags might be susceptible to spraying metal fragments at their users.

Air Bag Flaw, Long Known to Honda and Takata, Led to Recalls
Fast Bob commented:
September 12, 2014, 8:22 pm

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Originally Posted by G. P. Burdell View Post
Here's a New York Times article, published this week, with details as to how we got here.

Takata and Honda reportedly knew about problems with Takata's airbags as early as 2004. After assuring BMW in 2010 that there was not a problem with airbags supplied to BMW, Takata changed its position and informed BMW in 2013 that the airbags might be susceptible to spraying metal fragments at their users.

Air Bag Flaw, Long Known to Honda and Takata, Led to Recalls
So basically what they`re saying is that it`s like a .410 shotgun shell loaded with birdshot going off a foot away from your face....nice....
John Davis commented:
September 13, 2014, 1:37 am

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Originally Posted by Washburn View Post
Has to do with high humidity - so only states with high humidity (hopefully this is only for now, and will expand later...)
I am in NC - I think it's pretty humid here!
You're not kidding? How does humidity trigger this airbag defect?
G. P. Burdell commented:
September 13, 2014, 8:21 am

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Originally Posted by John Davis View Post
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.
STS42 commented:
September 15, 2014, 5:37 pm

I received the recall notice today and live I Massachusetts, they will send another notice when they have parts
John Davis commented:
September 15, 2014, 5:40 pm

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Originally Posted by STS42 View Post
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.
Fast Bob commented:
September 15, 2014, 6:58 pm

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Originally Posted by John Davis View Post
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)
OscarN commented:
September 15, 2014, 7:39 pm

I still haven't received mine...
1972ford commented:
September 15, 2014, 7:56 pm

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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ahull commented:
September 15, 2014, 9:07 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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bimmer765 commented:
September 15, 2014, 9:09 pm

From IL got mine today.

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bluebee commented:
September 15, 2014, 10:33 pm

See also:
- BMW to Replace Passenger-side Front Airbags in 2000-06 3 Series, As a Precaution
bluebee commented:
September 15, 2014, 10:34 pm

See also:
- (E46) BMW airbag inflator recall
bluebee commented:
September 15, 2014, 10:55 pm

NY Times article on what happened.

Quote:
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
airwrenchBKL commented:
September 15, 2014, 11:03 pm

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.
catso commented:
September 15, 2014, 11:17 pm

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.
Bimmer03e46 commented:
September 16, 2014, 12:37 am

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!
crowz commented:
September 16, 2014, 3:08 am

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.