BMW of North America is recalling 7,910 model year 1999 323i and 328i vehicles with Non-Azide Driver airbag Inflators (NADI) manufactured by Takata at one specific inflator production facility.
The inflators do not contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflators may absorb moisture, causing the inflators to rupture or the airbag cushion to underinflate.
In a crash necessitating airbag deployment, an inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants.
Additionally, an underinflated airbag may not properly protect the occupant.
These scenarios increase the risk of serious injury or death.
What to do
BMW recommends that owners do not continue to drive their vehicles.
The automaker will mail interim notices informing owners of the safety risk on or before December 31, 2019. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available.
Dealers will inspect the driver airbag inflators and replace them, as necessary, free of charge.
Owners may contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.