BMW Australia Ltd. - BMW E46 3 Series 1997 - 2000

recall information

Recall number
PRA number
Campaign number
00 32 9502 00 and 00 32 2003 00
Original published date
Last updated date

make and model information

E46 3 Series
Coupes: 318Ci, 320Ci, 323Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, Sedans: 316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i
Year range
1997 - 2000
Affected units

Identifying features

See attached VIN list
VIN (Vehicle identification number)

What are the defects?

Affected vehicles may be fitted with a Takata NADI 5-AT driver airbag inflator that could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag propellant. If this occurs, the properties of the propellant may be changed so that the propellant does not react as intended during a collision, causing mis-deployment of the airbag.

Additionally some vehicles previously checked under campaign number 0032950200 will need to be inspected again to have the previously checked inflator replaced with a new inflator under campaign number 0032200300.

What are the hazards?

If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision, the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed, killing or injuring vehicle occupants.

There is also a risk that the airbag may underinflate in a collision and may not protect the driver as intended.

What should consumers do?

Owners of affected vehicles should stop driving their vehicle immediately and contact their local BMW dealership or call BMW Australia’s Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675 to organise their free urgent vehicle inspection and for a replacement airbag inflator (free of charge).

Vehicles can be either towed to the place of inspection or a mobile technician will inspect the vehicle at the consumer’s home or the vehicle’s location. The vehicle should not be driven to the inspection place.

If the vehicle is affected, BMW will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. Replacement airbag inflators are in stock and can be replaced immediately.

Owners who are unsure if their vehicle is affected by this recall can also use the BMW VIN look-up tool at, contact the BMW Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675 or contact their preferred BMW dealer.

Dealer locations and contact details can be found at
Supplier details
BMW Australia Ltd.

Who should owners/operators contact for more information?

Contact name
BMW Australia’s Takata Hotline
Contact phone
1800 243 675
Contact website

Responsible regulator

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Product type