Injury Possible Due To Airbag Deployment
Body, Interior & Misc., May 3, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The passenger front airbag inflator could rupture when deployed, allowing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants and increasing the risk of personal injury.
What Should You Do?
BMW will issue notifications during May, 2013. Replacement parts are expected to be available in July. BMW will again notify owners at which time they can contact their dealer to schedule the inspection/repairs. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.
Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
May 3, 2013
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BMW is recalling certain model year 2002-2003 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans; 325Ci and 330Ci coupes and convertibles; 325iT and 325xiT Sports Wagons; and M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
BMW intends to issue initial notifications to owners informing them of the safety defect in May. Once replacement parts are available, estimated for July, BMW will notify owners again to contact their dealers and schedule a replacement of the passenger air bag, free of charge. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration