BMW recalls the older Series 3 (E46) and Series 5 (E39) due to a faulty airbag inflator



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.

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Update 20. 12. 2019 – Both recalls were published in the Rapex system:


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Roman Beránek

Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the Czech Radio's and CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety.

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