Recall Alert: 2002-2003 BMW 3 Series

By David Thomas  on May 7, 2013

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An airbag recall that impacted millions of Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda vehicles worldwide in April has expanded to German carmaker BMW. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the recall of 42,080 BMW 3 Series models from the 2002 and 2003 model years for defective air bags.

The recall includes 2002-03 325i, 325xi, 330xi sedans; 325Ci and 330Ci coupes and convertibles; 325iT and 325xiT Sports Wagons and M3 coupes and convertibles.

In these models, the passenger-side front air bag can deploy with excessive pressure leading to a possible rupture. This could lead to metal fragments striking occupants.

BMW will notify owners this month of the recall, but replacement parts aren't estimated to reach dealers until July. BMW will again notify owners when parts are available.

Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236.

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