A new recall has been announced by BMW and it involves the 3-Series E46 models because of a problem with the Takata airbag inflators.
According to the German based automaker, there are a total of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide which will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the airbags solved which, in case of deployment, they could spray shrapnel at the occupants.
“Potential problems with the airbag inflator which may rupture in vehicles produced by other manufacturers using similar systems from the same supplier have become evident in rare cases. BMW is not aware of a case involving a BMW vehicle. The replacement campaign is a voluntary precautionary measure that aims at minimizing the risk of faulty airbag activation”, says the carmaker in its official press release.
The affected BMW models include only the 3-Series in its E46 generation, which have been produced between May 1999 and August 2006. This is the third inflator recall for these 3-Series models as the first one was announced back in 2013 for 42,000 units of the 2002-2003 model years. The newest recall is affecting 1.6 million cars worldwide, out of which 574,000 are in the United States. The company’s dealers will be replacing the passenger side front airbag inflator free of charge. The recall should begin soon and owners will be notified by BMW. For any extra details on the subject they can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.