RECALL CAMPAIGN 19V-016: Drivers Front Aiabag Module – 2015 BMW X1

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V016
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Components AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 12,880


Driver’s Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, and X1 xDrive35i vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators assembled as part of the driver frontal air bag modules, used as original equipment or replacement equipment, that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 4, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service 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


Check if your BMW has a Recall

SI B65 01 19
Audio, Navigation, Monitors, Alarms, SRS
January 2019
Technical Service


Please perform the procedure outlined in this Service Information on all affected vehicles before customer delivery. In the event the customer has already taken delivery of the vehicle, please perform the procedure the next time the vehicle is in the shop.



E84 (X1)



BMW is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective January 14, 2019) involving the driver’s front air bag module on certain BMW vehicles that are equipped with non-desiccated Takata PSDI-5 inflators.

Owners will be notified by First Class mail about the Recall and will be instructed to bring their vehicles in for a free repair when parts are available.

To assist you with customer concerns, please reference the attached Q&A.



There are approximately 12,880 affected vehicles in the US. This is an expansion to the previously announced recall 16V-071 and now includes the remainder of Model Year 2015.

Model Series Model Year Approximate Volume Production Dates
X1 SAV E84 2014- 2015 12,880 from October 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015

Defect Code 0032830200 B650119 Recall: Driver’s Front Air Bag Module E84 (X1) is now displayed in the “Open Campaigns” paragraph of the Warranty History Inquiry on DCSnet, in the Key Reader, in ISPA and in AIR. Always reference open campaigns to determine if the vehicle is part of this recall.

For E84 (X1) vehicles that show Air Bag Recall Defect Code 0032350200 open, please refer to SI B65 09 17.



1- Replace the driver’s front air bag module.



Please record exterior cosmetic condition of air bag assembly on the Repair Order prior to any repair.

Follow ISTA Repair Instructions for removal/installation of air bag assembly:

  • REP 32 34 020 – Removing and installing/replacing air bag unit
  • REP 32 34 030 – Removing and installing/replacing air bag unit (sport steering wheel)

A video documenting this repair was shown on the May 2016 Service Round Table.

It is necessary to document which air bag goes into which vehicle. Therefore the technician is required to note on the repair order the serial number of the new air bag. The serial number should also be entered into the warranty claims comment section. The serial number can be found on the label on the side of the airbag. This is the longest number usually on the bottom of the label.



Please monitor the Parts Matrix and DCS messages for the parts ordering procedure.

Part Number Description Quantity
32 30 6 884 664 Air Bag Module, Driver’s side 1



The parts replaced to perform and submit for this Recall repair procedure are the property of BMW NA.

Your center is responsible for the proper identification, storage and documentation of these parts. They must be held in a secure retention area until notification of claim payment is made by BMW NA through DCSnet.

Upon claim payment, a DCSnet part return tag will be generated for the driver’s front air bag module with special handling instructions.

  • Please DO NOT return these recalled air bag modules directly to Lightning Resources or the WPRC.

Inflatable air bags are classified as dangerous goods by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and require special preparation, packing and labeling for transport.

Your center is responsible for following all rules and regulations that apply to shipping dangerous goods as described in the attachment.

A shipping procedure has been created for returning the replaced air bag modules directly to Takata. There is also a procedure available for “Bulk Shipping 15 or more air bag modules” at one time to Takata.

These procedures are contained in the “Part Return Program Instructions” and “Bulk Ship” PDF attachments to this bulletin; please read both of them. Effective immediately, please use the following email address when scheduling bulk shipment returns to Takata:

The parts are to be packaged in the same packaging that the new part arrived in for shipment back to Takata.

The returns pickup schedule has been changed from weekly to every two weeks (bi-weekly)



Claim Submission.

Reimbursement for this Recall repair will be via normal claim entry utilizing the following information:

Defect Code: 0032830200
Labor Operation: Labor Allowance: Description:
00 67 764 5 FRU Replace the driver-side front air bag module (Main work)
00 67 193 3 FRU Replace the driver-side front air bag module (Plus work)


Mobile Assistance – Off Site Repair

For centers that qualify, this Recall repair is eligible to be performed and submitted as a Mobile Assistance “Off-Site” Repair which includes an additional labor allowance.

Qualifying BMW centers are those that currently own and operate a Mobile Assistance Program vehicle. Other centers that may qualify are those who have officially registered their interest in conducting mobile service and mobile assistance work for the BMW Roadside Assistance Program.

If you have not already registered, please send an email with contact information to [email protected]

Additional information can be found in the Mobile Assistance program guide in CenterNet, it is located under the Customer Relations menu.


Claim – Labor Reimbursement

When a vehicle is eligible for this Recall repair and it is performed under this program, qualifying centers will be reimbursed for the corresponding labor operation’s published KSD2 flat rate unit (FRU) allowance at a of “rate of 150 percent.” This mobile assistance repair work is subject to the same policy and procedures that apply to the warranty repair work being performed in your workshop.


Time Control and Documentation

While repair-specific punch times are not necessary for this repair work being performed on a vehicle off-site (outside your center), the “on-call” technician must still punch on the corresponding repair order (electronic or manual) prior to leaving your BMW center when he or she is dispatched. The technician must punch off the repair order upon their return to your center.

In cases where the technician is out on the road for an extended period of time (for example, on multiple calls), only one on/off punch time is required.


Claim Submission

In addition to the Takata Air Bag Recall repair order line item, please open an additional line item as describe below:

Defect Code: 85820269TK Takata Recall – Mobile Assistance Off-Site Repair
Labor Operation: Labor Allowance: Description:
32 99 000 # FRU* Additional labor allowance to perform “off-site” repair through Mobile Assistance


*Labor Calculation Example

If the special flat rate labor for the Takata Air Bag Recall has a stated allowance of 5 FRU, applying the “rate of 150 percent,” this repair will be reimbursed at a total of 8 FRU (7.5 rounded up) as a Mobile Assistance offsite repair:

  • Claim the additional “3 FRU” or the “applicable additional FRU amount” using the defect code and labor operation provided above.


  • Round up “half” flat rate units when applicable.
  • Identify this line time as “Additional labor for a Mobile Assistance off-site repair.”
  • Itemize the additional labor claimed and explain the repair performed on the repair order and in claim comment section
  • Labor operation code “32 99 000” is not considered a Main labor operation.


Reimbursement of Prior Customer-Pay Repairs (TREAD Act)

With this Technical Campaign, a prior repair reimbursement is not likely. Typically, a customer would have their driver’s front air bag module replaced as a result of an accident. In such a case, either an insurance company or the customer themselves, paid for the replacement of the above mentioned air bag module in conjunction with the accident repairs. Such cases are not covered by this campaign and are not entitled to reimbursement.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019




View PDF attachment B650119_Vehicle_Storage_Agreement_-Takata.

View PDF attachment B650119_Parts_Return_Program_Instructions.

View PDF attachment B650119_Parts_Bulk_Ship_Return.

View PDF attachment B650119 Recall Notice.

View PDF attachment B650119 Air Bag Gas Generator Replacement.

View PDF attachment 19V-xxx_E84 DAB QA_14Jan2019_final.


To:  All Center Operators, Sales Managers, Service Manager, Parts Manager and Warranty Processor

RE: Recall 19V-XXX: Driver’s Front Air Bag Module E84 (X1) (B65 01 19)

BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective January 14, 2019) on Model Year 2015 BMW X1 SAV vehicles that have been produced from October 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Owners will be notified by First Class mail about the Recall and will be instructed to bring their vehicles in for a free repair when parts are available.

Please be reminded that it is a violation of federal law (The Safety Act) for you to sell, lease or deliver any new motor vehicle covered by this notification until the recall repair has been performed.  This means that centers may not legally deliver new motor vehicles to consumers until they are fixed or use/sell replacement equipment/parts subject to this recall.  Note also that substantial civil penalties apply to violations of the Safety Act.  

Also, you should not sell, lease or deliver any Certified Pre-Owned or used vehicles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed.  

Please follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.


We appreciate all your assistance with this Recall.

Model Year 2015
Driver’s Front Air Bag Module
Safety Recall 19V-xxx
Last updated: 1/14/2019

Q1. Which models are included in this Safety Recall Campaign?
Series Model Model Year Approx. Volume Production Dates
E84 X1 SAV 2015 12,880 October 2014 – June 2015


Q2. Which inflator is affected?
This recall campaign involves the Takata PSDI-5 inflator.


Q3. Why are other X1 vehicles not included?
Other X1 vehicles are already included in recall 16V-071.


Q4. Why is this recall just coming out now?
The recall schedule follows the guidelines published by NHTSA in the May 2016 amended Takata Recall Coordinated Remedy Order.


Q5. What is the fix?
The driver’s front air bag module will be replaced.


Q6. How long will the repair take?
This FREE repair may take about an hour; however, additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center’s schedule.


Q7. How will I be notified of this recall?
You will receive a letter by the beginning of March via First Class mail, advising you of this recall. To ensure BMW of North America, LLC has your most recent contact and vehicle information, please register your vehicle at Registration is free, and will give you access to factory initiated campaigns and other information specific to your BMW vehicle.


Q8. Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my vehicle serviced?
No. You should schedule an appointment immediately with an authorized BMW center for service and repair. You can locate your nearest BMW center at


Q9. What options are available if it is too inconvenient for me to bring my vehicle to a BMW center for service?
There are a few options to help overcome the inconvenience of bringing your vehicle in for service like mobile repair, alternate transportation, pickup/drop-off, dealer events and towing. Contact your local BMW center to check what is available.


General Takata Questions

Q1. What is the specific concern?
Takata’s investigation to date indicates that exposure to certain environmental conditions (several years of exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity) could lead to overly aggressive combustion in the event of air bag deployment.


Q2. What is desiccant?
Put simply, desiccant is a substance with properties that enable it to soak up water vapor from the air surrounding it.


Q3. Why are other BMW models not included?
Other vehicles have frontal air bags that were produced with different inflators.


Q4. What can happen as a result of this issue?
In a crash where the air bag deploys, the air bag inflator housing may rupture and could cause metal fragments to pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.


Q5. Is it possible 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.


Q6. How did BMW become aware of this issue?
BMW became aware of this issue from Takata (the air bag module supplier) and NHTSA.


Q7. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?
Yes. However, you should have this service performed by an authorized BMW center as soon as possible. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.


Q8. I did not receive a letter from BMW regarding my vehicle. How can I find out if my BMW is included in this recall?
You can check for open recalls a few different ways. You can check for open recalls by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) at and download a sample owner notification letter and Q&A if your VIN is affected.  You can also call or visit your local BMW center’s service department to determine if your BMW is affected.  Make sure to update your contact information by registering at


Q9. What if I am not the current owner of this vehicle?
You can update your vehicle ownership information by registering at


Q10. 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 frontal air bag module as a result of an accident.  In that situation, most likely your insurance company paid for the repair. However, in the very unusual (unlikely) scenario that you previously paid to replace the 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 letter asking you to make an appointment with an authorized BMW center.


Q11. I’m not the first owner of this vehicle and am concerned it may have been kept in a high humidity state. What can you tell me?
Any vehicle that was ever registered in hot and humid area as defined by NHTSA is given priority on the list of customers being notified about this recall.


Q12. Which states are considered to be high absolute humidity areas?
Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and U.S. Virgin Islands.


Q13. What determines the prioritized locations that are associated with the most at-risk vehicles – and what is the average propellant degradation time in each?
Per the NHTSA, geographic zones have been established based on the temperature fluctuations and humidity and the exposure time required under those environmental conditions to degrade the propellant to the point where it poses an unreasonable risk to safety. High Absolute Humidity (“HAH”) definitions are as follows:

 “HAH” or “A” Time until unsafe propellant degradation is projected between 6-9 years.
“Non-HAH” or “Non-A” Covers vehicles that have not been identified by the vehicle manufacturer as having been originally sold or ever registered in the HAH region. This includes Zones B and C.
“B” Time until unsafe propellant degradation is projected between 10-15 years.
“C” Time until unsafe propellant degradation is projected between 15-20 years.

geographic zones


SI B65 01 19

January 2019

Download (PDF, 3.52MB)

SIB 65 01 19


Download (PDF, 129KB)

SI B65 01 19

January 2019

Download (PDF, 260KB)

Recall Acknowledgement

February 7, 2019

Download (PDF, 239KB)

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