BMW Recalls Older Models With Exploding Takata Airbags

by Aryn Plax

Jun 16, 2021

BMW is recalling more than 4,500 model year 1999–2001 vehicles equipped with Takata’s non-azide driver airbag inflators.

The recall affects the following vehicles:

• 1999–2001 BMW 323i
• 2000–2001 BMW 323Ci
• 2000–2001 BMW 325Ci
• 2000–2001 BMW 328Ci
• 2000–2001 BMW 330Ci
• 2000–2001 BMW 328i
• 2000–2001 BMW 330i
• 2000–2001 BMW 330xi

Moisture can get inside the inflator and cause it to explode. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faulty seals allow moisture inside and cause the airbag inflator to malfunction.

When this occurs, the inflator can either deploy slowly and fail to protect you, or explode and injure or kill passengers.

Notices are expected to be mailed July 19. Dealers will replace the inflators.