AirBag Inflators May Explode In Certain BMW Vehicles

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Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2000-2005 vehicles equipped with faulty front passenger airbag inflators that could explode when placed under extreme or long-term weather conditions.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 292,948.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i and 330xi
  • 2000-2006 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, 323Cic, 325Cic, 330Cic, and M3 Convertible

The Defect:

BMW is recalling almost 300,000 vehicles who might be equipped with faulty airbag inflators. Previous replacement parts, used to satisfy Takata airbag inflator recalls, contain ammonium nitrate (PSAN and PSPI) which will explode once subjected to high temperatures and long term humidity exposure. The front passenger airbag in affected vehicles could explode and send metal objects toward the car’s occupants.

Solution:

Affected vehicle owners will be notified on the official recall date – March, 6, 2020. Official licensed BMW dealerships will perform the proper repairs in accordance with the recalled parts. This will be free of charge. The appropriate solution is to replace the faulty frontal airbag (passenger side) with another inflator that does not contain ammonium nitrate (PSAN). After the proper repair, inflators should not explode even under long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

For more information on this and other recalls, visit www.motorsafety.org.

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