BMW Recalls Over 350,000 Cars and SUVs to Replace Faulty Airbags Again

Keith Barry

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BMW is recalling nearly 357,000 cars and SUVs as part of ongoing efforts to repair faulty Takata airbags that could explode and injure or kill vehicle occupants. Three related recalls include a wide variety of vehicles from the 2000 through 2013 model years, including X1, X3, X5, and X6 SUVs, and 1 Series and 3 Series sedans, wagons, coupes, and convertibles.

These same vehicles were part of a previous recall in which defective Takata airbag inflators were temporarily replaced until permanent ones became available. Those permanent replacements are now ready; vehicle owners will need to have them installed even if they already had the interim repair performed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called the ongoing recall of airbags made by the major automotive parts supplier Takata "the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history." Over 41.6 million vehicles have been recalled because of the faulty airbags, which have been associated with 16 deaths in the U.S. and at least 24 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide.

The Details

Vehicles recalled for driver’s-side airbag replacement:

• 2008 through 2013 BMW 128i and 135i Convertibles and 128i, 135i, and M Coupes
• 2007 through 2010 BMW X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i SUVs
• 2013 through 2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SUVs
• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 coupes
• 2006 through 2011 BMW 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive and M3 sedans
• 2009 through 2011 BMW 335d sedans
• 2006 through 2012 BMW 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive station wagons
• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 335i, 335is, and M3 convertibles

Vehicles recalled for driver’s-side airbag inflator replacement only:

• 2007 through 2013 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs
• 2009 through 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d and 2008 through 2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6M SUVs
• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs

Vehicles recalled for passenger-side airbag replacement:

• 2000 through 2005 BMW 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i, and 330xi sedans, coupes, and wagons
• 2000 through 2006 BMW 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, M3 Convertible, 323Cic, 325Cic, and 330Cic coupes and convertibles
• 2009 through 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel SUVs
• 2008 through 2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SUVs
• 2007 through 2012 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs
• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs

The problem: The airbag inflators may explode because of propellant degradation after long-term exposure to high humidity, extreme temperatures, and temperature cycling. An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.

The fix: BMW dealers will replace the faulty airbags or airbag inflators, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recalls are expected to begin March 6, 2020. Owners can contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417.

NHTSA campaign number: For driver’s-side airbag repairs, NHTSA’s recall number is 20V017. For passenger-side airbag repairs on 3 Series vehicles, NHTSA’s recall number is 20V018. For passenger-side airbag repairs on X5 and X6 SUVs, NHTSA's recall number is 20V016.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA's website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car's 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA's website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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