BMW cites air bag failure in 2000–2006 vehicle recall

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July 21, 2014—BMW recalled certain 2000–2006 vehicles, because a defect that’s in in the passenger-side front air bag might produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the air-bag inflator to rupture upon deployment.

In the event of a crash that necessitates deployment of the passenger’s front air bag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture and release metal fragments that might injure occupants.

The affected models are 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and sports wagons, 2000 328i sedans and coupes, 2001–2005 325i sedans, coupes, convertibles and sport wagons, 2001–2005 325xi sedans and sports wagons, 2006 325i coupes and convertibles, 2001–2006 330i sedans, coupes and convertibles, 2001–2005 330xi sedans, and 2001–2006 M3 coupes and convertibles.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side front air bag, free. An interim notice will be mailed to owners during August 2014. A second notice will be mailed when an adequate supply of parts is available (anticipated in October 2014).

Owners may call BMW at 800/525-7417 or email customerrelations@bmwusa.com. Owners also may call National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888/327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.