BMW recalls several different 1999-2001 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

Laguna Hills, CA – Nov. 26, 2019 – BMW of North America is recalling certain 1999-2001 323i, 325i, 328i and 330i and 2000-2001 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, 323iT, and 325iT vehicles equipped with Takata-manufactured Non-Azide Driver air bag Inflators (NADI). This recall follows Takata’s own recall of the specific NADI units on November 26. 

The potential number of units affected is estimated at 74,185.

The Defect

BMW states that these specific units may have received replacement airbags as part of a vehicle repair. Due to a manufacturing issue, the replacement NADI inflator can absorb moisture, causing the airbag to rupture or underinflate. All listed vehicles may have had these devices installed during repairs. In the event of a crash, a rupture of the inflator can result in dangerous metal fragments hitting drivers and passengers, while an underinflated airbag can fail to shield the occupants properly. These issues increase the risk of serious injury or death. BMW has not provided any guidance on how to ascertain if a vehicle possesses the defective NADI inflators. Owners should exercise caution; a solution is not yet available at this time, and BMW recommends that owners should not utilize their vehicles until safe removal processes are available.

Timeline of Events

On November 26, 2019, manufacturer Takata (TK Global LLC) disclosed that some of their NADI inflators produced from 1995-2000 were defective and issued a recall for all known extant units and vehicles that may contain said units. Later that day, BMW issued a recall for several different classes of vehicle, gradually adding more to the list by the end of the day. BMW North America is currently the only automobile manufacturer to have issued a recall relating to these defective Takata NADI inflators. Recommending that owners do not currently drive their vehicles, BMW is sending interim notices about the risk to owners until January 17, and again when the remedy becomes available.

The Solution

Plans for the removal of the defective NADI inflators have not been finalized. BMW recommends that owners do not operate their vehicles. Owners will be notified when repair and removal services become available for this specific issue. Dealers will inspect any vehicles brought in under suspicion of possessing the defective units. If a BMW vehicle is found to possess these units, they will be replaced free of charge. 

For additional details about this recall, consumers can contact BMW customer service by phone at 1-800-525-7417, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

Sean ReyesBMW recalls several different 1999-2001 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

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