BMW Air Bag Recall

BMWBMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling some 140,000 cars for a driver’s side air bag that could explode and send metal shrapnel into vehicle occupants. The recall affects model year 2004-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans; model year 2004-2005 325i Sportswagons; model year 2004-2006 330Ci, 325Ci, 325i, and M3 Convertibles; model year 2004-2006 325i, 330i, and M3 Coupe vehicles. Deployment of the driver’s side air bag could trigger excessive internal pressure and cause the inflator to rupture. The NHTSA report says, “The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.”

NHTSA Report

Report Receipt Date: June 20, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V348000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 140,696

Vehicle Make/Model – Model Year(s):

  • BMW 325CI  2004-2006
  • BMW 325I  2004-2006
  • BMW 325XI  2004-2005
  • BMW 330CI  2004-2006
  • BMW 330I  2004-2006
  • BMW 330XI  2004-2005
  • BMW M3  2004-2006

Remedy for BMW Owners

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will, without charge, replace the driver side frontal air bag. The recall began December 1, 2014 for those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All other affected owners will be notified on, or about, February 1, 2015. Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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