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Old 02-10-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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Airbag recall: Any status updates? Feb 2016

While cleaning out my desk I ran across a letter from BMW of North America informing me that my driver's side airbag is faulty. The letter was dated July of 2015 so I figured after 6 months BMW would have their act together. I called the dealership and they said that the parts weren't available yet. Has anybody heard anything recently about the status of the recall?
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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Called BMW Bellevue back in September, got put on a "list". Called back a couple weeks ago, they don't have the parts, don't know when they're getting the parts, and wouldn't tell me where I was on the list and wouldn't speculate an ETA.

It seems like every day another 1 million cars are added to the list as well. What are we up to, 20+ million cars recalled? It'll take years to build that many replacement air bags. For now I just tell my wife to put the seat back a little bit further and I drive a little more cautiously.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:41 PM   #3
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I'm waiting for my drivers airbag, got the passenger side done last march, two weeks later it was in an accident.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:42 PM   #4
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I just got my passenger side airbag done last week but the driver side isn't available yet
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:36 PM   #5
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For now I just tell my wife to put the seat back a little bit further and I drive a little more cautiously.
You can just disconnect that airbag.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:58 PM   #6
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You can just disconnect that airbag.
I think it's far safer to not do this. The odds of something going wrong with the inflator in an accident are extremely minute.


As for my car, I have an Autoliv airbag on the driver's side since I got an E39 steering wheel so I think I'm fine.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:00 PM   #7
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Called BMW Bellevue back in September, got put on a "list". Called back a couple weeks ago, they don't have the parts, don't know when they're getting the parts, and wouldn't tell me where I was on the list and wouldn't speculate an ETA.

It seems like every day another 1 million cars are added to the list as well. What are we up to, 20+ million cars recalled? It'll take years to build that many replacement air bags. For now I just tell my wife to put the seat back a little bit further and I drive a little more cautiously.
I knew about the recall for the drivers airbag last September (I believe, or around that time), waaaaaay before the dealerships probably knew about it. When I called them, they said that I would need to wait for an official letter in the mail and that is when they would have the parts . I called them again a few months after that and they said the dealership might get the parts around December. I called again in December and they said that they do not have the parts (obviously) and since the majority of problems have to do in high humidity, the states with the most humidity would be the first to get the parts and that it might take a little while for us Californians to get the new drivers airbag. So....basically they do not know, well at least my local dealership doesn't...don't know about others.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:25 PM   #8
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I had my whole fuel tank assembly replaced last month and
they finally replaced the passenger airbag at the same time.
The trick is, if you can hold off on other repairs and have them done under the airbag recall, you get a free loaner car for the whole repairs.
Just a little tip.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:32 PM   #9
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I had my whole fuel tank assembly replaced last month and
they finally replaced the passenger airbag at the same time.
The trick is, if you can hold off on other repairs and have them done under the airbag recall, you get a free loaner car for the whole repairs.
Just a little tip.
Nice! I wish I would've done that!
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:59 PM   #10
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I will never never ever eVAR take my car to the dealer for any other repair. (unless they offer to do it for free). As far as airbag recall goes; I bought this car from a private seller in Feb 2015 (knowing about the recall) - I did call the dealer, was put on a "list". I heard back a couple of weeks ago, the sales guy was basically asking me if I was satisfied with my car, or if I was looking to upgrade. . . ... I asked him about the recall, he patched me through to the Service dept, and it went to VM. Way to "sell" me on the idea of doing business with the dev-, er, I mean, dealer. Anyway, the service guy impressed me, because they actually DID call back. Yes, they confirmed that I am, indeed, on their "list", and that when they get the parts in, they will call me.

So yeah. Basically, it's never gonna happen. I figure, every time I drive, I'm risking getting into an accident, and blasted in the face. But hey, chicks dig scars!
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:48 AM   #11
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I'm interested to see if this "list" actually exists. They put me on the "list" too.
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Old 02-11-2016, 01:59 AM   #12
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I'm interested to see if this "list" actually exists. They put me on the "list" too.
I know, I try to avoid the stealership, but considering this is a recall and they do the job for free, I mean, why not go to them? As far as this "list" goes, that is why I called and will continue to call so many times. I was placed on "the list" at my local stealership and since I wanted to get the passenger airbag replaced as soon as I possibly could, I kept calling every week from when I first got the mail about the recall until they finally got the part. They were "nice" enough to bump me a few spots on the list and was able to get the airbag replaced on that upcoming weekend . I was on a list at another local stealership and they never called me when they had the part available. I think this "list" is basically a generic letter sent to you saying that the part is in stock at that stealership at no particular order. First come first serve I guess .

I would keep calling every once in a while to see if they have the part available.
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Old 02-11-2016, 01:55 PM   #13
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Its been a year and yet no new modules have filtered out to any dealers anywhere, right? A cynical part of me thinks BMW isn't really manufacturing more driver side airbags for us since itll be so expensive, and is hoping the government/owners just forget about the issue eventually if they stall long enough.
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Yeah. This thing has been dragging on forever. I first called my local dealer after receiving the notice a year ago. Nothing since. Whatever I don't care anymore.
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and this just popped up today: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/02/11/b...akata-airbags/

Newer BMWs for their drivers side airbag. Now I wonder if they will get the same treatment we have having to wait over a year (or forever), or will they magically get theirs replaced soon while we are still waiting.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:15 PM   #16
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I knew about the recall for the drivers airbag last September (I believe, or around that time), waaaaaay before the dealerships probably knew about it. When I called them, they said that I would need to wait for an official letter in the mail and that is when they would have the parts . I called them again a few months after that and they said the dealership might get the parts around December. I called again in December and they said that they do not have the parts (obviously) and since the majority of problems have to do in high humidity, the states with the most humidity would be the first to get the parts and that it might take a little while for us Californians to get the new drivers airbag. So....basically they do not know, well at least my local dealership doesn't...don't know about others.
If your dealer hadn't heard about it last Sept he must really be out of the loop, mine was done a year ago. Just waiting for the drivers.
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:27 PM   #17
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If your dealer hadn't heard about it last Sept he must really be out of the loop, mine was done a year ago. Just waiting for the drivers.
LOL, they knew about passengers, but not the driver's at that time.
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:29 PM   #18
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and this just popped up today: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/02/11/b...akata-airbags/

Newer BMWs for their drivers side airbag. Now I wonder if they will get the same treatment we have having to wait over a year (or forever), or will they magically get theirs replaced soon while we are still waiting.
Of course not! Newer BMWs will get their airbags replaced as soon as they possibly can because sales could be affected. While us e46 owners are waiting patiently for our drivers airbag. Which, in my opinion is more important than the passengers.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:38 PM   #19
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I scheduled an appointment for my airbag recall this coming up Monday, my local dealer has both of them, driver and passenger.

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Old 02-12-2016, 12:51 AM   #20
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I scheduled an appointment for my airbag recall this coming up Monday, my local dealer has both of them, driver and passenger.

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WHAT!? Lucky you!! I wish my local dealer had the driver's side airbag, hopefully they will have it soon.
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