BMW cars and SUVs recalled over airbag fault

BMW vehicles sold between 2002 and 2005 recalled over airbag issue

A potentially dangerous issue with the airbags fitted to BMW 3 Series and 5 Series cars and X5 SUVs has been identified.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is overseeing the BMW recall with BMW 5 Series (E39), 3 Series (E46) and X5 (E53) vehicles affected.

All of the affected vehicles were sold in Australia between the 1st of January 2002 and the 31st of December 2005.

Check to see if your BMW is affected here (have your VIN handy).

The ACCC recall notice advising that the gas generator of the driver’s airbag can malfunction if subjected to high levels of absolute air humidity.

What are the hazards?

If the gas generator explodes, metal parts may be propelled out of the airbag due to high internal pressure, potentially causing injury to the driver and/or passengers.

Affected owners should contact an authorised BMW motor vehicle service centre, or call the BMW Group Australia Customer Interaction Centre on 1800 813 299.

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