BMW Australia Ltd — BMW 3 Series E46 MY1999-2006

Identifying features

What are the defects?

Airbag inflator: As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.

What are the hazards?

In the event that a defective airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.

What should consumers do?

Known owners will be contacted by BMW Australia Ltd or a BMW dealer.

Owners of affected vehicles should contact their local BMW dealership or BMW head office directly via the website at https://www.bmw.com.au/recall to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge.

Consumers who are unsure whether they are affected can also use BMW's VIN look-up tool https://www.bmw.com.au/recall or contact 1800 243 675, or contact their preferred dealer.

Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected by going to http://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au

We also recommend you visit https://www.productsafety.gov.au/newsletter/subscribe to subscribe to receive updates about current and future recalls as they are published.

Further information for consumers is available at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/compulsory-takata-airbagrecall

Traders who sold this product

All Authorized BMW Group Dealers.

Where the product was sold
Nationally
Dates available for sale
  • 1 January 1999 - 31 December 2006

Responsible regulator

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
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