BMW Recalls More Than 230,000 Vehicles with Potentially Serious Air Bag Defect

the air bag inflator could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike the driver or other vehicle occupants

BMW Recalls More Than 230,000 Vehicles with Potentially Serious Air Bag Defect
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February 6, 2017

BMW of North America is recalling 230,117 vehicles that may have had a driver-side air bag module installed as replacement equipment—such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bag or as a remedy part for a prior recall.

These replacement modules contain an air bag inflator that may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature, and temperature cycling.

BMW vehicles included in this recall are model year 2000-2002 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 323Ci, 325Ci, 330Ci, M3, 323iT, 325iT, and 325xiT vehicles, model year 2001-2002 525i, 530i, 540i, M5, 525iT, and 540iT vehicles, and model year 2001-2003 X5 3.0i, X5 4.4i, and X5 4.6is vehicles.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator on the affected vehicles could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike the driver or other vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners of the recalled vehicles, and BMW dealers will inspect the driver side air bag module, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.

This recall is expected to begin on March 15, 2017. Vehicle owners with additional questions can contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.