Campaign Number: 0032260200
BMW 5 Series (E39)
Model Years 2002-2003
BMW 3 Series (E46)
Model Years 2001-2006
BMW X5 (E53)
Model Year 2003
7 909 critical affected vehicles
Front driver side airbag inflators
28 576 total affected vehicles
What are the defects?
What are the hazards?
What should consumers do?
If owners of BMW E46 3 series, E39 5 Series & E53 X5 are advised it is under 'critical recall’ and your vehicle’s airbag is more than 6 years old, it is recommended that you stop driving the vehicle and immediately arrange for airbag replacement as the vehicle has a heightened risk of causing injury or death. The critical recall category applies to alpha airbags and also includes other airbags specified by BMW.
BMW will offer to arrange for your vehicle to either be towed to the place of replacement or for a mobile technician to be sent to the vehicle (or some similar arrangement), so that you do not have to drive the vehicle in order to receive a replacement airbag.
Owners of affected vehicles should contact their local BMW dealership or BMW Australia’s Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675. Affected owners can also utilise the website https://www.recall.bmw.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge. You are also entitled to request special arrangements, such as a loan or hire car or reimbursement for alternative transportation costs.
Consumers who are unsure whether their vehicle is affected by the recall can also use the BMW VIN look-up tool at https://www.recall.bmw.com.au contact the BMW Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675 or contact their preferred BMW 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-airbag-recall