BMW Series 3 (1999 - 2006)

Production: V. 1999 - VIII. 2006 | Problems / tags:   

BMW-3-Series-Coupe-E46-recall
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Problem Description

The frontal passenger-side inflators could create excessive internal pressure during air bag deployment after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity environments. In a worst case scenario, the inflator may rupture, possibly causing injury. Even if the inflator does not rupture, due to the specific design of the frontal passenger-side airbag module with its integrated inflator, excessive internal pressure of the inflator could potentially result in an increased risk of airbag-induced injuries in a deployment event.

The recall affects vehicles manufactured from May 1999 to August 2006.

E46 / Compact / Coupé / Convertible / Saloon and Touring / 4×4 / M3

Source: Alert 31/2014 A12/1207/14

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What the owner should do?

If you read about a recall that you think may affect your car, you’ll need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for your car – this is a 17 characters code that appears on the chassis plate of your car or – on most UK-registered cars – in the bottom-left corner of your windscreen.

You should make contact with a BMW dealer or workshop that’s been officially authorised to perform repairs on behalf of the manufacturer and ask for the details. Usually that’ll be your nearest franchised dealership, or ‘main dealer’ as they’re sometimes known.

If you wish fully comprehensive vehicle check, with more than 80 data points about the history of the car, then we suggest going to HPI-Check, which provides information on a specific vehicle using also the vehicle registration number.

UK car-owners can easily make a pre-check by visiting DVLA website and entering your car registration number; it will also reveal your car’s current MOT status.

This notification is purely informative for the vehicle type you have selected. As these deficiencies often relate to specific components (engine type, bodywork, equipment), the recall may not apply to all vehicles of this type. First published in the Weekly overview reports of RAPEX notifications.


Check also our UK Recalls database
UK Recalls - BMW
Published by RAPEX 8. 8. 2014
Keywords   
Risk Injury
Make
Model
Type Sedan
Production period V. 1999 - VIII. 2006
Type/number of model E46 / 3 series /
Country of origin Germany
Alert submitted by Germany
Products were found and measures were taken also in Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands
Measures taken by economic operators Recall of the product from end users (By: Manufacturer)
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