BMW has issued a recall for 28,577 of its older-generation 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 vehicles as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. The notice affects the ‘E46’ 3 Series, ‘E39’ 5 Series and ‘E53’ X5, produced between 2002 and 2005.
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In this latest Takata recall, BMW reports the driver airbag’s gas generator can malfunction due to high levels of humidity.

As a result of the defect, the inflator could rupture, shooting metal fragments into the cabin, which poses a significant risk of injury, or even death, to the vehicle’s occupants.

The Takata recall has affected around 60 million vehicles worldwide, across a wide range of manufacturers from Toyota and Honda to Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari.


Affected 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 vehicles were sold from 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2005. The VIN numbers for the affected BMWs can be viewed here.

BMW last issued a recall for faulty airbag inflators back in 2013, which also affected the E46-generation 3 Series.

Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to contact their local BMW dealer, or call BMW Australia’s customer car on 1800 813 299.