Urgent recall for more faulty Takata Airbags

RACQ has warned BMW owners to check their vehicles immediately after more than 12,000 cars were recalled by the manufacturer for potentially deadly Takata airbags.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a recall for BMW E46 3 Series cars produced between November 1997 and June 2000 which may contain the Takata NADI type 5AT airbags, after they were suspected in two recent incidents in Australia resulting in a death and a serious injury.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie urged owners not to be complacent, as the outcomes could be fatal.

“The airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to fly through the air at high speed potentially killing or seriously injuring anyone in the car,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you have one of these vehicles, stop driving it now and contact BMW to arrange either a tow or for a technician to inspect it.

“This Takata airbag recall is the largest auto recall in history and impacts more than 40 million worldwide. We can’t stress enough that you should not ignore these warnings.”

Ms Ritchie said drivers could easily check if their vehicle was at risk.

“Head to BMW’s website and pop in your details to see if your vehicle’s affected,” she said.

“Your car could be an accident waiting to happen but a simple check could save a life.” 

Affected models include:
  • 316i
  • 318i
  • 320i
  • 323i
  • 325i
  • 328i
  • 330i
  • 318Ci
  • 320Ci
  • 323Ci
  • 328Ci
  • 330Ci coupe and sedan.