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BMW 3 Series / E46 (1997 – 2000)

Published on 09. 10. 2021

Problem description:

The vehicles affected may have been fitted with Takata non-azide driver inflator (NADI) gas generators in which inadequate sealing on the gas generator could allow the ingress of moisture and thus result in the degradation of the propellant.

If the airbag deploys, this could cause the gas generator to underinflate or to burst. In the case of under-inflation, the protective effect is not given. In case of overpressure deployment, metal parts can enter the vehicle interior, this could cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants of the vehicle.

The BMW 3 Series / E46 models affected by this recall were manufactured between 3 June 1997 and 30 June 2000.

BMW recall code: 0032960200, 0032970200, 0032980200, 0032200300
Types: 346L, 346X, 346K, 346C, 346R
Vehicle numbers (worldwide): 757,145

Source: Rapex Alert 40/2021 A12/01400/21

Source: Rapex Alert 24/2020 A12/00852/20

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Type of alert Serious
Make BMW
Model 3
Production period 3. 6. 1997 - 30. 6. 2000
Risk Injury
Type/number of model Type-approval numbers: e1*98/14*0097, e1*98/14*0144, e1*2001/116*0144, e1*98/14*0167, e1*2001/116*0167, e1*98/14*0112, e1*2001/116*0112, e1*98/14*0146, e1*2001/116*0146, Types: 346L, 346X, 346K, 346C, 346R
Country of origin Germany
Alert submitted by Germany
Products were found and measures were taken also in see the source
Measures taken by economic operators Recall of the product from end users
Published by Rapex 20200612

What the owner should do?

If you read about a recall that you think may affect your car, you should make immediate 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.

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

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