Recall Campaign 19V-698: Driver’s Front Air Bag Module – 2000-2002 BMW 3-Series

October 2, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V698000

Steering Wheel Airbag Inflator May Explode

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

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V698

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 3,924

 

Summary

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2002 325i and 325xi Sedan, and 323Ci, 325Ci, and 330Ci Convertible vehicles. This recall affects certain vehicles that may have had a driver-side air bag module installed as replacement equipment such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bag, or as a remedy part for a prior recall. The frontal air bag inflator may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

 

Remedy

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the driver’s air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 25, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall is an expansion of previous recalls, numbers 17V-047 and 19V-015.

 

Notes

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 www.safercar.gov.

 

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SIB 65 20 19

2019-10-08

RECALL CAMPAIGN 19V-698: DRIVER’S FRONT AIR BAG MODULE – PRIOR PARTS REPLACEMENT

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.

 

MODEL

E-Series Model Description Production Date
E46 3 Series Sedan and Convertibles June 23, 1999 – April 26, 2002

 

SITUATION

BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective October 8, 2019) involving the driver’s front air bag module on a small number of Model Year 2000 through 2002 BMW 3 Series vehicles that were produced between June 23, 1999 and April 26, 2002. This recall campaign involves the Takata PSDI-4 inflator which entered the spare parts supply chain, and may have been installed in vehicles during service or repair events.

The driver’s air bag module will be checked and if a Takata inflator is found, it will be replaced. Only a small percentage of vehicles are expected to need a replacement air bag module.

To assist you with customer concerns, please reference the attached Q&A. All customers affected by this Recall are being sent letters in November 2019.

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Vehicles which require this Recall Campaign to be completed will show it as “Open” when checked either in AIR, the “Service Menu” of DCSnet (Dealer Communication System), ISPA Next or Warranty Vehicle Inquiry.

The Warranty Vehicle Inquiry system will display the comment: XXXXXXXXXX B652019 Recall: XXXXXXXXXX

 

CAUSE

In a crash in which the air bag system deployment occurs, the air bag inflator housing may rupture.

 

CORRECTION

Check the driver’s air bag, and if necessary, replace it.

 

PROCEDURE

1. Remove the driver’s air bag in accordance with repair instructions REP 32 34 020 “Removing and installing/replacing air bag units”.

1. Check the label on the back of the driver’s air bag.

Is the label yellow with a white number sticker with printed serial number BAM PT1-1085 (as shown on left) printed below the bar code?

YES– replace air bag

NO – the driver’s air bag is not affected.

Reinstall the driver’s air bag.

 

Note:

 Air bags from other manufacturers (non-Takata), or Takata air bags with different chemical compositions (white label) are not affected by this recall and DO NOT need to be replaced.

 

Note:

 Air bags from other manufacturers (non-Takata), or Takata air bags with different chemical compositions (white label) are not affected by this recall and DO NOT need to be replaced.

 

On vehicles with a basic steering wheel, the horn ring must be remounted to the new part.

See ATTACHMENT A

 

Have the new airbag module ready and remove one of the two stickers with the barcode and the serial number of the airbag module.

This must be glued on the horn ring after assembly.

Note: Before installing the replacement part, the new air bag module’s serial number must be documented by the technician on the repair order so it can also be entered into the warranty claim’s comment section.

If the serial number is missing, the warranty claim will be rejected.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Note: Only request and invoice the applicable part number specified and listed in this Service Information bulletin.

Performing a part number look-up in ETK by VIN or model will result with the wrong part(s) being invoiced and installed.

Please refer to the weekly Parts Matrix for the parts ordering procedure.

Part numbers 6877590 and 6877592 are ordered from Kem Krest.

Part number 6877591, enter a Recall IDS Ticket request.

Use only one VIN per IDS Ticket

Include photo of the yellow label on the back of the unit being replaced

Description: Quantity: Part Number:
Impact Plate Airbag Sport Steering Wheel or M Sport Steering Wheel (SA0255 or SA0710) 1 32 30 6 877 590
OR
Impact plate Airbag Basic steering wheel without multifunction 1 32 30 6 877 591
OR
Impact Plate Airbag Basic steering wheel with multifunction (SA0249) – not for sports steering wheel or M sports steering wheel 1 32 30 6 877 592
OR
Airbag unit ALPINA sport steering wheel (SA0920) 1 32 30 7 991 602

Other small parts such as one-time use screws, nuts and seals, which must be replaced according to the ISTA repair instructions/ETK, must be selected from the Electronic Parts Catalogue according to the respective vehicle type and invoiced under the special defect code.


SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

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

RE: Delivery Stop & Recall 19V-698: Driver’s Front Air Bag Module – Prior Parts Replacement – B65 20 19

BMW of North America, LLC is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective October 8, 2019) on a small number of Model Year 2000 through 2002 BMW 3 Series vehicles that were produced between June 23, 1999 and April 26, 2002. 

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.

 

Q1. Which models are included in this Safety Recall Campaign?

Approximately 3,924 Model Year 2000 through 2002 BMW 3 Series vehicles produced between June 23, 1999 and April 26, 2002 are affected by this recall.

 

Q2. Which inflator is affected?

This recall campaign involves the Takata PSDI-4 inflator which entered the spare parts supply chain, and may have been installed in vehicles at dealers during service visits.

 

Q3. What is the fix?

The driver’s front air bag module will be checked and if a Takata PSDI-4 inflator is found, it will be replaced.

 

Q4. How long will the repair take?

Checking the air bag takes about 30 minutes; if the driver’s front air bag module needs to be replaced, it could take approximately one hour. Additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center’s schedule. The repair will be performed free of charge by any authorized BMW center.

 

Q5. Are final remedy parts for the recall available?

Yes.

 

Q6. How will I be notified of this recall?

Owner notification letters will be mailed in November. You should to make an appointment with an authorized BMW center immediately. You can locate your nearest BMW center at www.bmwusa.com/dealer.

To ensure BMW of North America, LLC has your most recent contact and vehicle information, please register your vehicle at http://www.bmwusa.com/myBMW. Registration is free of charge, and will give you access to factory initiated campaigns and other information specific to your BMW vehicle.

 

Q7. Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my vehicle serviced?

No. You should make an appointment with an authorized BMW center immediately.

 

Q8. 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.

 

Q9. If I had my driver’s front air bag module replaced prior, do I need to have it replaced again?

Yes. We need to check the driver’s front air bag module, and if a Takata PSDI-4 inflator is found, it will be replaced. Please contact your authorized BMW center immediately to schedule an appointment to have this important free repair performed as soon as possible.

 

Q10. I own a 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series that still needs to have the passenger’s front air bag replaced under recall 13V-172 or 14V-428. Can I get both air bag modules replaced at the same time?Absolutely! Your BMW center can perform both repairs in a single visit. Please let your service advisor know when you make an appointment and be sure to arrange alternate transportation if needed.

 

 

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 over-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 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.

 

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 through its quality control procedures.

 

Q7. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes. However, please contact a authorized BMW center immediately to schedule an appointment to have this important free repair performed 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 www.bmwusa.com/recall 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 http://www.bmwusa.com/myBMW.

 

Q9. What if I am not the current owner of this vehicle?

You can update your vehicle ownership information by registering at http://www.bmwusa.com/myBMW.

 

Q10. Will BMW give me a loaner vehicle when my vehicle is being serviced for this recall?

Yes.

 

Q11. Which states are considered to be high absolute humidity areas?

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, South Carolina and U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Q12. 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.

 

Q13. 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-ofpocket” upon learning of this possible defect, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Additional information is provided when BMW mails the letter asking you to make an appointment with an authorized BMW center.

 


Before installing the replacement part, the new air bag module’s serial number must be documented by the technician on the repair order so it can also be entered into the warranty claim’s comment section.

The safety regulations that apply when dealing with air bag modules MUST be complied with.

Note:

On vehicles with a basic steering wheel, the horn ring must be removed from the new part. To do so, proceed as follows:

1. Remove horn ring.

  • Unplug the connector for the grounding cable (see the green arrow in the figure)
  • Remove the nuts (see the blue mark in the figure, Torx 55).

 

  • Take off the horn ring, making sure that the springs remain in place.
  • Remove the horn contact plate.
  • Separate components after disassembly:

1 – Air bag module
2 – Horn ring
3 – Horn contact plate
4 – Torx nuts

 

2. Prepare the new air bag module and pull off one of the two labels with the barcode and serial number of the air bag module. This must be stuck onto the horn ring after installation.

 

3. Place the horn contact plate on the new air bag module and plug in the connector.

 

4. Place the horn ring on the air bag module. Make sure the springs are seated correctly.

 

5. Plug in the connector for the grounding cable and secure the horn ring with the four Torx nuts.

Tightening torque: 5.0 +/- 0.2 Nm.

6.    Check the horn function at all four corners.

7.    Document the serial number: For reimbursement under warranty, the serial number for the new driver’s air bag module (see marking in the following figure) must be noted on the workshop order and on the warranty application. If the serial number is missing, the warranty application is rejected.

 

See repair instructions REP 32 34 020 “Remove and install / replace air bag units” to complete installation.



9 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BMW 323 2000-2002
BMW 325 2000-2002
BMW 330 2000-2002

2 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-19V698-4085.PDF 215.515KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V698-9201.pdf 311.277KB

Download (PDF, 304KB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V698&docType=RCL



 


1 Associated Investigation

Air Bag Inflator Rupture
NHTSA ID: EA15001
Dated opened: February 24, 2015

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened PE14-016 in June 2014 based on six inflator rupture incidents involving consumer owned vehicles produced by five vehicle manufacturers. All six vehicles were operated in Florida or Puerto Rico at the time of the rupture and for the majority of their service life, and were equipped with inflators produced by Takata, a tier-one supplier of automotive air bag systems.

During the course of PE14-016, ODI determined that five additional vehicle manufacturers used inflators of a similar design and vintage also supplied by Takata. No evidence of field failures was found in vehicles produced by these five additional manufacturers. Nonetheless, at ODI’s insistence, all 10 vehicle manufacturers initiated a regional recall within approximately two weeks of the opening of the investigation. The regions recalled initially included Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, areas with high absolute humidity and climatic conditions believed to be a significant factor in the inflator ruptures. As part of the recall actions, inflators removed from remedied vehicles are to be returned to Takata for testing.

Takata’s initial test results on passenger inflators from remedied vehicles indicated a much higher than anticipated rupture frequency for inflators returned from Florida. Accordingly ODI requested all 10 manufacturers expand the regional recalls for passenger inflators to include other geographic areas where high absolute humidity conditions exist, including the Gulf States and other coastal areas. Takata’s testing of the passenger inflators to date continues to indicate this geographic area as having the highest risk, with no ruptures occurring from inflators returned from outside the expanded recall regions. During PE14-016 four additional passenger inflator field events occurred, all in vehicles from the same expanded geographic region.

Also during PE14-016 four additional driver inflator field events occurred including two in vehicles from regions not known for high absolute humidity, specifically California and North Carolina. Accordingly, ODI requested all five of the affected vehicle manufacturers currently using the subject Takata driver inflators expand to nationwide recalls. Significantly, neither of the affected vehicle manufacturers or Takata provided any explanation to account for these two driver air bag inflator ruptures outside the area of high absolute humidity. Takata testing of returned driver inflators indicates a lower rupture frequency as compared to passenger inflator testing. All test ruptures reported by Takata to date have occurred on inflators returned from high absolute humidity areas.

The investigation now includes all manufacturers and vehicles known to be affected at this time. ODI’s investigation will focus on, among other things, root cause analysis, other potential defect consequences, identification of affected vehicles scope, and adequacy of the remedy.

The five ODI reports cited above can be reviewed online at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification numbers: 10537899, 10568848, 10585224, 10605877, 10651492


 

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