BMW Group Australia Ltd — BMW 5 Series E39 MY2000-2002, BMW 3 Series E46 MY2000 & 2001 and BMW X5 E53 MY2000-2003

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)
See attached VIN list

What are the defects?

Possible that the originally installed Petri airbag inflator was replaced by a Takata airbag inflator during the service history of some vehicles.

Airbag inflator: As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.

What are the hazards?

In the event that a defective airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.

What should consumers do?

Known owners will be contacted by BMW Australia or a BMW dealer.

Owners of affected vehicles should contact their local BMW dealership or BMW Australia’s Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675. Affected owners can also utilise the website or email to arrange for the driver’s airbag to be inspected and receive a replacement airbag inflator free of charge if required. 

Consumers who are unsure whether they are affected can also use BMW's VIN look-up tool or contact BMW Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675, or contact their preferred BMW dealer.

Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected by going to 

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Traders who sold this product

BMW Group Australia Ltd

Where the product was sold
Dates available for sale
  • 1 January 2000 - 31 December 2004

Responsible regulator

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Product category