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BMW Airbag Recal

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Anybody got a letter in the mail from BMW about an airbag recal?

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Lots of us have. Seems there is a range of experiences. Just call your dealership and make an appointment. It was trivial easy for me and many others. 

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The letter is written in a tone that my car is going to kill me lol

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Does it say which one? as i believe their is a recall for the passengers as well as the drivers air bags on certain e46 models others may chime in on this as it is a well discussed issue. Go and talk to your local dealership and get it sorted pronto.

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16 minutes ago, 325_driver said:

The letter is written in a tone that my car is going to kill me lol

Your airbag might fail when you wish it didn’t, or it might go off when you wish it didn’t. The stats are very small all around, but not a risk worth taking. 

 

In my case, they checked every single airbag and told me it was all good. I was in and out in an hour-ish. They even cleaned the car for me. Note in your case, maybe ask them not to screw up your lovely paintwork with their machine polishing. 😀

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bloody aye - imagine that

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3 hours ago, allan said:

Does it say which one? as i believe their is a recall for the passengers as well as the drivers air bags on certain e46 models others may chime in on this as it is a well discussed issue. Go and talk to your local dealership and get it sorted pronto.

something about a humidity being a factor adding to internal pressure, plan on ringing them on monday!

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I had a recall on my 2005 NZ New E46 330i front air bags. Took it in, and BMW sorted it. :)

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well worst case scenario i get me some new air bags ? that job is some times more than the value of the car!

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Using the idea that new airbags are profit, worse case you get nothing because yours are fine. 😀

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hehe

i mean i actually loose - time is money

- i had to read the letter (5 minutes)

- i posted some thing on here (5 minutes)

- people reading and responding to the post (1 hour total lets say)

so we all loose

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I had the passenger recall done, then recently the driver's, today I got another letter about it. It said 'you may have already spoken to dealer..' Little unclear, but I assume I disregard.

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Here’s another 40 seconds to waste

what happens to these defective inflators

Yes just a bomb really. There was a comparison video online before between a good one and a defective one but it has been removed. Suffice to say the good one just gives off a load of gas and not much else.

 

Also, I am not sure if anyone can answer this definitively for me. But according to LVVT rules, you are apparently allowed to decommission airbags if they are more than 14 years old. Not sure why this wasn’t a considered route to take for these old E46s? I wonder if it would have been economically cheaper than to replace them.

 

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Interesting Tom,  when  dismantling the  325i I noticed the curtain air bags had an expire date on them. They ended up at the local fire brigade for them to practice with.

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I keep getting warnings here in the US to go and have my Airbags changed.  Must get around to it asap after watching that video.

For my 05 E46.

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I chatted to them on the phone today getting it sorted lol,

to clarify - the problem is "if they go off from being involved in a crash, they may have increased pressure due to humidity factors"

not what i thought - i.e air bags randomly trigger due to defective inflators and take out a city block while without warning

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"The combination of time, high temperature fluctuations, and humidity contribute to the degradation of the propellant in the inflators. This degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating more pressure than the inflator can withstand, and in extreme cases causing the inflator to rupture and sends shrapnel through the air bag toward vehicle occupants."

Does sound pretty frightening though!

Maybe the technician down played it - sounds like i'm driving in a grenade or weapon of mass destruction !

https://www.nhtsa.gov/takata-air-bags/takata-recall-expansion-what-consumers-need-know

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So far the figure stands at a number of 19 deaths believed to be caused by these faulty airbags around the world, so it is no light matter. Lots of others injured.

The problem is that the response rate to the letters being sent out is very, very low. Too many people are ignoring them, not just on BMWs but all the manufacturers affected. Hence the reason to actually explain to people what can happen if things go wrong with them.

NZTA are now looking at how they can make it a WoF fail if your car is on the list and hasn't been checked and fixed, so as to actually make people get them sorted. Recall would still be free of charge to the owner.

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yeah - when i read the note about "sending shrapnel to occupants" i went O BOY this must be serious

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good on BMW,

and the NZTA,  too many people with their head stuck in the sand.

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