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BMW M3 Recalls

Get technical and plain English recall information for 16 BMW M3 recalls between 1990 and 2017. Learn if your BMW M3 is part of a recall and what to do about it.

RepairPal Expert Overview on January 20, 2017

For vehicles that have had a driver's side air bag module replaced during previous service, the replacement air bag assemblies have an inflator which contains propellant that makes the air bag deploy. This propellant may degrade over time, especially when exposed to humidity and temperature cycling. As a result, the inflator may rupture on deployment, which can send metal shrapnel through the air bag, striking vehicle occupants. This could result in serious injury or death.

Recall repairs on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in March, 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on September 9, 2016

The bolts to the rear sub-frame may loosen from being reused instead of being replaced during the performing of a previous service action. This could cause the rear suspension to be unstable, affecting driving handling and control. This could result in a crash.

Recall repairs on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in October, 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on February 5, 2016

The inflator that deploys the driver's frontal air bag in the event of an accident may rupture and spray metal fragments onto vehicle occupants. This can increase risk of serious injury or death.

Recalls on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles in March, 2016, but repair parts will not be immediately available. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on November 23, 2015

The slip joint of the drive shaft may fail over time, resulting in the drive shaft separating from the vehicle. This can cause the vehicle to stop moving, and could result in a crash.

Recalls on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles starting in January 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on May 28, 2015

When deployed in a crash, the driver's front air bag inflator can rupture. As a result, metal fragments from the inflator can strike occupants.

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

RepairPal Expert Overview on July 16, 2014

Certain vehicles are being recalled because the passenger airbag inflator may rupture upon deployment. Vehicle occupants could be struck by metal fragments resulting in personal injury.

Owners of affected vehicles will receive an interim notice during August for 2014. Parts are not expected to be available until October 2014. If you don't receive notification in a timely manner and believe you should have, please contact your BMW dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.

RepairPal Expert Overview on May 3, 2013

The passenger front airbag inflator could rupture when deployed, allowing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants and increasing the risk of personal injury.

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.

RepairPal Expert Overview on December 3, 2008
RepairPal Expert Overview on May 27, 2003

The anti-pinching feature for the power windows may not function properly. 

Please contact your BMW dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary on October 4, 2001