BMW Australia Ltd — BMW 5 Series E39, X5 and E53 MY2000-2003
What are the defects?
Some vehicles may have received an affected Takata driver side airbag due to a steering wheel conversion during the life of the vehicle.
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 free airbag inspection. If a faulty airbag is found, it will be replaced free of charge.
Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected by going to http://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au
Consumers can locate their nearest BMW dealership at: https://findadealer.bmw.com.au/#/dlo or contact the BMW Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675.
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-airbag-recall
Authorised BMW Group Dealers
- 8 August 2000 - 30 September 2003
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.