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Air bag problem causes BMW to recall 574K vehicles
BMW of North America, LLC, is recalling 573,935 certain model year 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sports Wagons; 2000 328i sedans and coupes; 2001-05 325i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sport Wagons; 2001-05 325xi sedans and Sports Wagons; 2006 325i coupes and convertibles; 2001-06 330i sedans, coupes, and convertibles; 2001-05 330xi sedans; and 2001-06 M3 coupes and convertibles. A defect in the front passenger side air bag may produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the airbag inflator to rupture when the air bag is deployed in a crash, resulting in metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants. This is an expansion of NHTSA recall number 13V-172. BMW will notify owners of the recall in August. A second notification will go out when parts are available, possibly in October. Dealers will replace the front passenger side airbag for free. For information, contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. Learn more about this and other recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or www.safercar.gov.