Over 4000 vehicles affected by latest notice

BMW Australia has issued a recall across its previous-generation 1 Series, 3 Series, and X3 model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.

This latest notice affects driver's airbags fitted to 'E8x' 1 Series, 'E9x' 3 Series and 'E83' X3 models, sold from 1 June 2004 through 30 June 2015.

As with all Takata recalls, the fault revolves around inflators that could degrade due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity over time.

These conditions may cause the airbag propellant to degrade, and if the condition occurs, the metal inflator housing could explode or rupture during deployment in the event of a collision.

As a result, metal fragments could shoot through the airbag and into the cabin, posing a significant risk of injury or death to occupants.

There are 4079 units included in this notice – a VIN list is attached here.

Owners of the recalled vehicles have been urged to contact their local dealer, or BMW Australia on 1800 243 675. Alternatively, you can also use the company's online VIN look-up tool here.

Note: Overseas model pictured


The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.

Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.


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