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

by Bernie McGroarty on July 16, 2014, 7:37 am
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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.


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

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?

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

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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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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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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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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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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)