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      07-16-2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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As a Precaution, BMW to Replace Passenger-side Front Airbags in Model Year 2000-06 3 Series Vehicles.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 16, 2014… BMW announced today that it has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the company’s intent to voluntarily recall all model year 2000 – 2006 BMW 3 Series vehicles, produced between May 1999 and August 2006, to replace the passenger-side front airbag as part of a worldwide recall. Potential problems with the airbag inflator which may rupture in vehicles produced by other manufacturers using similar systems from the same supplier have become evident in rare cases. BMW is not aware of a case involving a BMW vehicle. The replacement campaign is a voluntary precautionary measure that aims at minimizing the risk of faulty airbag activation. The number of potentially affected vehicles in the US is approximately 574,000.

This is a voluntary extension of the recall campaign announced in May 2013. At that time, the supplier stated a production period during which potentially faulty airbag inflators were installed in passenger-side front airbags. Following this, BMW recalled 42,000 3 Series vehicles in the US. The supplier has now extended the production period.

In order to ensure maximum safety of our customers, BMW has decided to replace the passenger-side front airbags in the vehicles from the suggested production period, and additionally as a voluntary precautionary measure, the passenger-side front airbags in all model year 2000 – 2006 BMW 3 Series vehicles equipped with this airbag module. The 42,000 units recalled in May 2013 are excluded from the current replacement campaign.

BMW will notify customers with potentially affected vehicles will be informed by mail. Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com.

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      07-16-2014, 11:15 AM   #2
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
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^ agreed.

When I read the statement a month or so ago it said BMW would only do this in the US in states where the climate is deemed "high humidity" which excluded the state I live in although the city I live in is very humid.

In the same statement it said that Honda, on the other hand, would replace them in all 50 states. It wasn't a proud moment to be a BMW owner, especially since there are two qualifying Honda products in the extended family that would qualify for the recall; but perhaps this has changed since then, I guess we'll see.
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      07-16-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
Well, it does state that this is a voluntary recall. However, I do appreciate the effort as I still own my '04 330i and the safety of my family is very important to me.
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Im guessing this incl e46 M3's as well. What about Canada eh?
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do e46 m3's fall under this category?
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
Recalls are not warranty mandated.. from what I have read.

I personally don't find it silly as it affects my passengers as well.
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Just e46 I assume, or early e90 as well?
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I have an e90 2006 325 i is this for me because it is e90 chasis?
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
Recalls are not warranty mandated.. from what I have read.

I personally don't find it silly as it affects my passengers as well.
Agreed that recalls and warranties not related.

My point here was the best warranty available, from Hyundai goes up to 10 years. Clearly it can be implied here that manufacturers are unwilling to stand behind their products for more than 10 years and us the consumers are happy with that. Funny enough BMW drivers are ok with the 4 year warranty (unless if you are willing to pay for more coverage). Why then should any manufacturer be required to foot the bill on any defect that goes beyond the warranty period or any period they have expressly stated that they are willing to stand by their product?

If I were a lawyer for GM/Toyota/BMW etc I would look into curtailing this silliness.
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Agreed that recalls and warranties not related.

My point here was the best warranty available, from Hyundai goes up to 10 years. Clearly it can be implied here that manufacturers are unwilling to stand behind their products for more than 10 years and us the consumers are happy with that. Funny enough BMW drivers are ok with the 4 year warranty (unless if you are willing to pay for more coverage). Why then should any manufacturer be required to foot the bill on any defect that goes beyond the warranty period or any period they have expressly stated that they are willing to stand by their product?

If I were a lawyer for GM/Toyota/BMW etc I would look into curtailing this silliness.
I'm sorry but safety recalls on an explosive charged airbag that may go off at any time (and harm/kill if itís a small enough person in front of it) and warranties on ball joints are two completely different things and silly to compare the two.
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I had same exact recall on my 2001 acura, pass. airbag. Notified by mail and took it to the dealer and got a loaner car too. Now i have to take my m3 as well ..hope bmw dealer is as nice.
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
Well, it does state that this is a voluntary recall. However, I do appreciate the effort as I still own my '04 330i and the safety of my family is very important to me.
+1, I'll be calling the dealer to schedule a replacement on my 04 E46 M3.

Safety issues like this are the most important and it's good to see this as a voluntary measure.
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
Maybe they thought people might still drive these vehicles and care about the safety of others.
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Makes me wonder if this recall affects both E46 and early E90s, whereas mine was Sept 2005 build. Assuming they are using the same airbag module?
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.
Maybe they thought people might still drive these vehicles and care about the safety of others.
Fair point. However the reality is they got ahead of a potential mandatory recall. This way they make people like you happy.

It's only a matter of time before someone smart realizes there has to be a limit to the number of years you go back. That way they save costs and maybe put that money into LED tail lights across their entire lineup
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Maybe they thought people might still drive these vehicles and care about the safety of others.
Word.

This forum is now receiving grunts from people because a company is doing something voluntarily, that does nothing but help the owner/consumer, that indicates the company is still paying attention to legacy products and ... it's "silly?" And what if your family was saved/not saved???

W.T.F.

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Word.

This forum is now receiving grunts from people because a company is doing something voluntarily, that does nothing but help the owner/consumer, that indicates the company is still paying attention to legacy products and ... it's "silly?" And what if your family was saved/not saved???

W.T.F.

The sad truth is more often than not, businesses have one interest in mind when making a decision - make money and stay profitable. Out of the 540k e46 cars produced - how many are actually on the road still? How much does an airbag cost (@ dealer $) + replacement per vehicle? How much do potential lawsuits costs if they get a couple of these under their belt?

Cost Benefit analysis was conducted - and I promise you the recall was most likely a miniscule number vs. the potential lawsuits from deaths due to a malfunctioned airbag.

For those who think companies just do it to care about the safety, it's just a cherry on top for good marketing.

It's a sick world we live in, but it is what it is.
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This is silly, there has to be a statute of limitations on these recalls. 14 years is a long time to have a manufacturer on the hook for a defect, even Hyundai's warranties max out at 10 years.

SILLY?!
Somebody I know sustained injuries because of this problem involving
a 2001 325it.

Please call BMW Customer Relations at 800-525-7417 to address them of any pathetic concerns.

Thank you.

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Fair point. However the reality is they got ahead of a potential mandatory recall. This way they make people like you happy.

It's only a matter of time before someone smart realizes there has to be a limit to the number of years you go back. That way they save costs and maybe put that money into LED tail lights across their entire lineup

People like us are very "happy" and thankful that BMW is stepping up to the plate. I still own two e46s in addition to two of my e92s.
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