The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

Alert number: A12/1207/14

Product:  Passenger car

Name: 3 Series

Batch number / Barcode:  The vehicles in question were manufactured from May 1999 to August 2006.

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Motor vehicles

Brand: BMW

Type / number of model:  Type / Model / EC type-approval number: E46 / 3 series /Compact / e1*98/14*0167 / e1*2001/116*0167 E46 / 3 series / Coupé / e1*98/14*0112 / e1*2001/116*0167 E46 / 3 series / Convertible / e1*98/14*0146 / e1*2001/116*0146 E46 / 3 series / Saloon and Touring / e1*98/14*0097 E46 / 3 series / 4x4 / e1*98/14*0144 / e1*2001/116*0144 (Saloon and Touring) E46 / 3 series / M3 e1*98/14*0150 / e1*2001/116*0150 (Coupé and Convertible)

Risk type: Injuries
The front passenger-side inflators could create excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment after long-term exposure to high, absolute humidity environments. In a worst-case scenario, the inflator may rupture, possibly causing injury. Even if the inflator does not rupture, due to the specific design of the front passenger-side airbag module with its integrated inflator, any excessive internal pressure of the inflator could potentially result in an increased risk of airbag-induced injuries in a deployment event.

Measures taken by economic operators: Recall of the product from end users (By: Other)

Description:  Passenger car

Country of origin: Germany

Alert submitted by: Germany

Products were found and measures were taken also in: The Netherlands, Lithuania, Ireland, Slovenia, Iceland, Croatia, Poland, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland