BMW Driver-Side Front Air Bag Module Recall

What is the specific concern?

Takata's investigation to date indicates that, due to exposure to certain environmental conditions (several years of exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity), this could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event of air bag deployment.

What can happen as a result of this issue?

In a crash where air bag system deployment occurs, the air bag inflator housing may rupture. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.

Which models are included in this Safety Recall Campaign?

Included are approximately 840,000 vehicles, with model, model year, and production dates as noted below:

 Model
 Model Year
 Production Dates
 1 Series Coupe (incl. M)
 2008-2013 Nov 2007-Oct 2013
 1 Series Convertible
 2008-2013 Nov 2007-Oct 2013
 3 Series Sedan (incl. M)
 2006-2011 Feb 2005-Dec 2011
 3 Series Sedan (diesel)
 2009-2011 Mar 2008-Aug 2011
 3 Series Sports Wagon
 2006-2012 Jun 2005-May 2012
 3 Series Coupe (incl. M)
 2007-2013 Apr 2006-Jun 2013
 3 Series Convertible (incl. M)
 2007-2013
 Nov 2006-Oct 2013
 X1 SAV
 2013-2015 Feb 2012-Sep 2014
 X3 SAV
 2007-2010 Aug 2006-Aug 2010
 X5 SAV (incl. M)
 2007-2013 Sep 2006-Jun 2013
 X5 SAV (diesel)
 2009-2013 Mar 2008-Jun 2013
 X6 SAV (incl. M)
 2008-2014 Jul 2007-Jun 2014
 X6 SAV ActiveHybrid
 2010-2011 Mar 2009-Sep 2011
 

BMW conducted safety recalls in 2013, 2014, and 2015 on a similar issue. How is this different?

The inflators are different. This recall campaign pertains to the Takata PSDI-5 inflator. The earlier recalls pertained to different inflators produced by Takata.

How will I be informed of this recall program?

If your vehicle is affected, you will receive an initial letter in March via First Class mail advising you of this recall. You should receive an additional letter when replacement parts become available, requesting that you schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle to an authorized BMW center for service and repair. To schedule an appointment at Nalley BMW, click here.

What measures will be taken?

The driver-side front air bag module will be replaced free of charge by an authorized BMW center.

How will this program be performed?

When you are notified via the final letter, you will be asked to make an appointment with an authorized BMW center who will order the replacement driver-side front air bag module for your vehicle prior to your appointment. To schedule an appointment at Nalley BMW, click here.

How long will the repair take?

This repair may take approximately two hours; however, additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center's schedule. The repair will be performed free of charge by your authorized BMW center.

Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my vehicle serviced?

Yes. BMW is in the process of implementing this program to ensure that the necessary parts, tools, and procedures are available to its authorized BMW centers, prior to instructing you to take your vehicle in for repair.

Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes. BMW is not aware of a ruptured inflator in any of its vehicles associated with this recall. However, when you receive a letter asking you to have this service performed by an authorized BMW center, please do so as soon as possible. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.

Will my BMW center deactivate my driver-side front air bag until it is replaced?

BMW is not of the opinion that a deactivation of the driver-side front air bag system is necessary.

How did BMW become aware of this issue?

BMW became aware of this issue from Takata (the air bag module supplier) and NHTSA.

Is BMW aware of any accidents or injuries involving BMW vehicles associated with this campaign?

No. BMW is not aware of a ruptured inflator in any of its vehicles associated with this recall.

NHTSA has encouraged all owners to get their affected air bags replaced as soon as replacement parts are available. What is BMW's position?

BMW is developing an alternate air bag inflator to allow this safety recall to proceed as soon as possible.

When are the repair parts expected to be available?

BMW is developing an alternate air bag inflator to allow this safety recall to proceed as soon as possible. At the moment, a specific date is not available.

Why is the passenger-side front air bag not affected?

The passenger-side front air bag does not contain a Takata PSDI-5 inflator so it is not affected by this recall.


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