BMW Recall: 2002-’03 3 Series, M3 Called Back Over Defective Airbags

Dec 20, 2013 10:49 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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BMW is recalling 42,080 2002-'03 BMW 3 Series and M3s for defective airbags as part of the global Takata airbag recall.

Affected models include the 2002-'03 BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans; 325Ci and 330Ci coupes and convertibles, 325iT and 325xiT sports wagons, and M3 coupes and convertibles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"(A) safety defect in the passenger side frontal airbag may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the airbag," said NHTSA in its summary of the issue. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants."

BMW told the NHTSA it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Owners will be notified sometime in May, but replacement parts won't be available until July. BMW dealers will then be instructed to replace the passenger airbag.

Owners with more questions can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

The BMW recall is part of a world-wide recall of 3.4 million vehicles for defective airbags produced by Takata. Originally, only four Japanese manufacturers were affected by the defective airbags, including Honda and Toyota, but the recall now includes General Motors and BMW.

The recall involves popular vehicles like the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, and Nissan Maxima.

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