Important information for BMW owners.
TAKATA Driver's Front Air Bag Module
Recall Campaign No. 16V-071: Driver's Front Air Bag Module
"BMWUSA is not yet ready to conduct this recall; however, we will notify you by letter as
soon as we are ready. At that time, you should make an appointment with your authorized
BMW center to have this recall performed on your vehicle."
Driver's Front Air Bag Module Safety Recall 16V-071
updated March 15, 2016
Q1. Which models are included in this Safety Recall Campaign?
E82 1 Series E88 1 Series E90 3 Series
. E90 3 Series
. E91 3 Series
. E92 3 Series
. E93 3 Series
E84 X1 SAV E83 X3 SAV E70 X5 SAV
. E70 X5 SAV
. E71 X6 SAC
. E72 X6 SAC
Coupe (incl. M) Convertible Sedan (incl. M) Sedan (diesel) Sports Wagon Coupe (incl. M) Convertible (incl. M)
(incl. M) (diesel) (incl. M) ActiveHybrid
2008 - 2013 2008 - 2013 2006 - 2011 2009 - 2011 2006 - 2012 2007 - 2013 2007 - 2013 2013 - 2015 2007 - 2010 2007 - 2013 2009 - 2013 2008 - 2014 2010 - 2011
32,620 28,160 132,845 4,160 3,270 129,515 99,810 57,290 64,925 214,580 35,440 37,000 365
Nov 2007 - Oct 2013 Nov 2007 - Oct 2013 Feb 2005 - Dec 2011 Mar 2008 - Aug 2011 Jun 2005 - May 2012 Apr 2006 - Jun 2013 Nov 2006 - Oct 2013 Feb 2012 - Sep 2014 Aug 2006 - Aug 2010 Sep 2006 - Jun 2013 Mar 2008 - Jun 2013 Jul 2007 - Jun 2014 Mar 2009 - Sep 2011
. Q2. BMW conducted safety recalls in 2013, 2014 and 2015 on a similar issue. How is this different? The inflators are different. This recall campaign pertains to the Takata PSDI-5 inflator. The earlier recalls pertained to different inflators produced by Takata.
. Q3. Are BMW M models included in this recall campaign? Yes. [Please refer to Q1.]
. Q4. Is this recall comparable to similar recalls being conducted by other Manufacturers? Yes. This recall campaign involves the Takata PSDI-5 inflator.
. Q5. How many BMW vehicles in the US are included in this Safety Recall? The number of BMW vehicles in the US included in this recall is approximately 840,000. This amount has not changed since February 5, 2016. When viewing "Vehicle Comments" the date referenced only reflects when the comments were updated.
. Q6. Why are other models not included? Other models are not included because this recall pertains specifically to vehicles equipped with the Takata PSDI-5 inflator.
. Q7. What is the specific concern? Takata's investigation to date indicates that, due to exposure to certain environmental conditions (several years of exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity), this could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event of air bag deployment.
. Q8. What can happen as a result of this issue? In a crash where air bag system deployment occurs, the air bag inflator housing may rupture. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.
. Q9. Is there a possibility to find out whether the problem exists in my car? No. There is no way to detect if your BMW might have an air bag inflator potentially at risk of rupturing upon deployment in an accident.
. Q10. Can I continue to drive my vehicle? Yes. BMW is not aware of a ruptured inflator in any of its vehicles associated with this recall. Vehicles equipped with air bags, including air bags that are under recall, save lives and reduce injuries. The vast majority of Takata air bags will perform as expected. When you receive a letter asking you to have this service performed by an authorized BMW center, please do so as soon as possible. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.
. Q11. What measures will be taken? The driver's front air bag module will be replaced.
. Q12. How did BMW become aware of this issue? BMW became aware of this issue from Takata (the air bag module supplier) and NHTSA.
. Q13. Is BMW aware of any accidents or injuries involving BMW vehicles associated with this campaign? No. BMW is not aware of a ruptured inflator in any of its vehicles associated with this recall.
. Q14. How will I be informed of this recall program? If your vehicle is affected, you will receive an initial letter in March via First Class mail advising you of this recall. You should receive an additional letter when replacement parts become available, requesting that you schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle to an authorized BMW center for service and repair.
. Q15. Will my BMW center deactivate my driver's front air bag until it is replaced? No, NHTSA estimates that frontal air bags saved 2,400 lives in 2014 alone. It is far more likely that if you are involved in a crash that your air bag will perform properly and protect you than it will rupture and cause harm.
. Q16. How will this program be performed?
When you are notified via the final letter, you will be asked to make an appointment with an authorized BMW center who will order the replacement driver's front air bag module for your vehicle prior to your appointment.
. Q17. How long will the repair take? This repair may take approximately two hours; however, additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center's schedule. The repair will be performed free of charge by your authorized BMW center.
. Q18. Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my vehicle serviced? Yes. BMW is in the process of implementing this program to ensure that the necessary parts, tools and procedures are available to its authorized BMW centers, prior to instructing you to take your vehicle in for repair.
. Q19. Am I eligible for reimbursement under the TREAD Act if I previously replaced my driver's front air bag module? In this particular recall, reimbursement is likely not applicable, as you would typically have replaced your driver's front air bag module as a result of an accident. In that situation, either your insurance company paid for the repair, or you paid "out-of-pocket". However, in the very unusual (unlikely) scenario that you previously replaced the driver's front air bag module "out-of-pocket" upon learning of this possible defect, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Additional information will be provided when BMW mails the additional letter, asking you to make an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have your driver's front air bag module replaced.
. Q20. When are the repair parts expected to be available? We expect to receive a limited number of repair parts starting in the summer of 2016.
. Q21. How will the repair be introduced to USA customers? When an adequate inventory of parts is available, final owner notification letters will initially be issued via US First Class Mail to owners of the highest risk registered vehicles, i.e., oldest models in highest absolute humidity areas (e.g., USA Gulf states). As parts supply increases, all owners of affected vehicles will be notified by First Class mail.
. Q22. Why is the passenger's front air bag not affected? The passenger's front air bag does not contain a Takata PSDI-5 inflator so it is not affected by this recall.
. Q23. Will BMW give me a loaner vehicle until a repair part is available? If replacement parts are not available, BMW has authorized its centers to provide or assist customers with alternate transportation, subject to availability.
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