BMW recalls the older vehicles of the Series 3 (E46 – pictured) and 5 (E39) which were not affected by the Takata recall in 2017 (recall code: “0032480200” – see here).
It is possible that a former steering wheel or airbag exchange was carried out on vehicles built from 7 April 1999 to 10 December 2003.
According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), there is a risk that due to a fault in the front airbag inflator, uncontrolled deployment and detachment of metal fragments may occur, which may injure occupants.
BMW assumes that only a small part of the affected vehicles will need to replace the driver’s airbag, a maximum of 20 percent, as said a company spokesperson to autoservicepraxis.de website.
According to KBA information, the recall includes 66 229 vehicles worldwide, of which 22 553 are registered in Germany.
The examination of the vehicles or a possible replacement of the airbag can take up to half an hour.
The recall under the internal code “0032930200” is active since the calendar week 41 of this year.
Update 20. 12. 2019 – Both recalls were published in the Rapex system:
- BMW expands the 2018 EGR cooler recall to an additional 232,000 cars
- Possible steering failure with BMW X1, X2 and 2 Series (week 41/19)
- BMW X3 could lose its rear spoiler, defective brake booster with Toyota and Lexus (week 32/19)
- BMW expands the fire risk recall to 1.6 million cars
- Weekly Recalls Overviews