BMW of North America is recalling 4,511 of the following vehicles:
- Model year 2000-2001 BMW 3 Series (323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci and 330Ci),
- Model year 1999-2001 323i, 328i, 330i, 330xi, and
- Model year 2000 323i, 328i stationwagons.
All vehicles are equipped with Takata Non-Azide Driver airbag Inflators (NADI).
The inflators were inspected, but not replaced under previous recalls.
Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflator may absorb moisture, causing it to explode, or the airbag cushion to underinflate.
An inflator explosion during airbag deployment could result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. An underinflated airbag may not properly protect the occupant. Both situations increase the risk of serious injury or death.
What to do
Dealers will replace the driver-side airbag inflator with a newly designed inflator free of charge.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 19, 2021.
Owners may contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.