The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement that BMW Australia had recalled its E46 3 Series cars produced between November 1997 and June 2000.
The airbags are Takata NADI (non-azide driver inflator) type 5AT airbags and are not part of the current Takata airbag compulsory recall.
This followed the identification of a pattern of abnormal airbag deployment where the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed and potentially kill or injure those in the vehicle.
“BMW will arrange to tow your vehicle to repair facilities for inspection, or send a mobile technician out to your premises or vehicle’s location to inspect the vehicle.
“If your vehicle has been fitted with one of these dangerous airbags, BMW will arrange a loan or hire car or reimbursement for alternative transportation costs until airbag replacement parts are available or until other arrangements are made. You may also wish to discuss the vehicle being purchased back by BMW.”
The affected models are:
Model Body Type
325i ( 2 vehicles) Sedan
330i (1 Vehicle) Sedan
330Ci (1 vehicle) Coupe