On the heels of the massive airbag recall just last month, which included a total of 3.4 million Japanese automobiles from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda, German automaker BMW has announced that it will recall 42,000 of its 2002-03 3 Series models (E46 platform) for the same problem. The recall is blamed on a single defective part, all from the same supplier, which may cause the airbag to catch fire or send metal fragments towards passengers in the front seats. BMW spokesman Dave Buchko told the Detroit News that the automaker knows of no improper "deployments or injuries related to this issue in any BMW."

The part in question, supplied from a company named Takata, was manufactured incorrectly at its Moses Lake, WA, plant. The company also disclosed that some airbag components may have been exposed to moisture at another one of its locations, in Mexico. According to Takata, there have been six incidents worldwide (four in the United States) and none have resulted in injuries.


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      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering all the BMW fan-boys are forgetting the E46 still uses several computers to turn the headlights on, and the door locks require a $500 dealer-programble computer... yes, that was the last SOLID car BMW made.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich
        Also, no dipstick. Fail
          Brian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          The E46 ws the last three'er with a dipstick....dipstick.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich
        Oh and the small bit about ripping the rear subframe out... besides those, it was the best pile of crap they made.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      I read the title and thought that the airbags that are being recalled are too big.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      When are they going to issue a douche bag recall though?
        larry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        They just did and YOU ARE ON THE LIST !
      Paul Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are 42k BMWs from 2002-3 still on the road?
        NJ M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Paul
        384k on my 2002 325 and still running strong! It's all in the maintenance! BMW really is the ultimate driving machine!
          Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NJ M
          How many times have you replaced the cooling system?
        jf.bouchard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Paul
        Of course, can't you see the picture above!?
        kostasafos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Paul
        yes
      knightrider_6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait! They are talking about 2002-03 models. Out of the 42K cars effected, probably only a dozen are still on the road.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that is a BMW. One of the best in fact.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      We had a pre-facelift E46 in the family, it was a great car.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ultimate Face Shrapnel Machine?
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Defective parts don't discriminate. Lets try to keep things civilized.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      ridiculous. And Audi continues to soldier on with the worst failure rate of upper control arms in the business.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Thats a success for the Euro market... they need more frame failures like BMW.
      Ian R. Campbell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Eh, BMW's aren't bad cars to live with or service. Of the german cars, the BMW's (at least the inline six models) are straightforward to service and live with. The foibles of the e46 family and its variants (e83, e85/e86) are relatively easy to cope with.
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