BMW asks E46 owners to stop driving immediately

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Words: Nile Bijoux
8 Nov 2019

Following a second fatality linked to Takata airbags, BMW Australia has taken the extreme step of asking E46 3 Series owners to stop driving their cars immediately, even offering loan cars, hire cars and buy-backs.

More than 12,000 owners will be affected after a BMW driver was killed driving an E46 with “a different type of Takata airbag that poses a critical risk of death or serious injury to vehicle occupants”. BMW is undertaking a voluntary recall of the vehicles, built between November 21, 1997 and June 30, 2000.

We’ve asked BMW if the same applies here and will update when we hear back.

The fatality is the second in Australia linked to Takata airbags, the first happening back in 2017 when a man died after the airbag in his Honda CR-V exploded.

“The ACCC [Australian Competition and Consumer Commission] and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development are working with police and other authorities to understand the facts regarding two recent suspected misdeployments of these inflators in Australia, including a death and a serious injury,” a statement from the ACCC said.

The latest incident pushes Takata-related fatalities to 24 globally, with an additional 260 people seriously injured by the airbags.

To check if your vehicle is affected by a recall, click here.

UPDATE:

BMW New Zealand has confirmed that "vehicles purchased from BMW New Zealand are not affected by the current safety recall in Australia.”

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