BMW Airbag Inflator in Greensboro, NC

Airbag Inflator Recall

IMPORTANT! 2006-2015 Multi-Model BMW Drivers: You may be affected! Please call (855) 411-6058 or fill out the form below.

What is a VIN?

VIN stands for "Vehicle Identification Number" and it's specific to your Honda. These seventeen letters and numbers is unique to your vehicle and defines its engine size, body style, model year, transmission type, color, and more. All vehicles newer than 1980 should have a VIN.

Where can I find my VIN?

Your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a small, metal plate attached to the driver's side of your car's dashboard. This tag should be visible through the windshield for easy viewing. Every car is required to have a VIN in the correct place and it is illegal to remove or alter this plate. If the tag is missing, chances are that the vehicle has been repaired, or more likely, stolen.

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BMW Airbag Inflator Recall FAQ

How do I know if my car is affected by the recall?

There are several to check whether your vehicle is affected. You'll need your vehicle VIN which can be found outside the vehicle or on your registration and insurance documents. You can enter it into the NHTSA VIN-lookup tool to find out if your car is affected.

What is taking so long for my airbag to arrive?

It could take weeks or even months for replacement airbags to arrive, but Takata has added members to its assembly lines to accommodate all the requests in a more timely manner.

Can other suppliers help fill the gaps?

Other suppliers are now getting involved, including AutoLiv, TRW, and Daicel. Takata says that it uses competitors' products in half the inflator-replacement kits, and expects that number to reach over 70 percent.The other suppliers use a propellant that hasn't been implicated in the problems Takata has had.

How important is that I respond to the recall?

All recalls should be taken seriously. Have the repair performed as soon as parts are available and the service can be scheduled. Since age has been found to be a key factor in most of the Takata airbag ruptures so far, it's even more important for owners of older recalled vehicles to get this work done.

Does it matter where I live?

According to NHTSA, yes. The Takata inflators are vulnerable to persistent high humidity and high temperature conditions, like in states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and island territories. Because a number of confirmed deaths have taken place in places outside the priority recall area, this recall shouldn't be taken lightly.

How are repairs being prioritized?

Automakers are getting the replacement parts as fast as they can, and are sending them to the high-humidity areas first. Northern and less-humid areas may have to wait longer for parts availability, depending on the brand. Contact your dealership to find out how quickly the work can be performed.

What if I spend only a certain part of the year in a humid climate?

People who travel to the higher-risk areas in low humidity periods aren't at the same level of risk as those who live in those areas year-round, according to NHTSA.

Are the airbags in my car definitely defective?

No. Since 2002, a small number of about 30 million cars have been involved in these incidents. Between November, 2014 and May, 2015, Takata reported to NHTSA that the company had issued more than 30,000 ballistic tests on airbag inflators returned before to the recalls. In those tests, 265 ruptured. That's an extreme, unacceptably high number, and, at 0.8%, a far more frequent reading than what was seen so far in vehicles actually on the road. According to defect reports filed with the government, Takata said that as of May 2015 they were aware of 84 ruptures that happened in the field since 2002.

I'm worried about driving, what should I do until the fix is made?

If the recall on your car affects the front passenger-side airbag, don't let anyone sit in that seat. But, if you use the VIN-lookup tool and it says that the problem has to do with the driver's side, you should do what you can to minimize risk. If possible, consider:

  • Minimizing your driving.
  • Carpooling with someone whose car isn't affected.
  • Using public transportation.
  • Renting a vehicle.

  • Renting a car until yours is repaired can be expensive and may not be the right solution. Asking your dealer if they'll provide one might be worth a try to put pressure on the manufacturer. If you get a rental car, take some time to get used to its operation before driving.

Should I expect to pay any money to get the recall fix?

Repairs under the recall are done at no cost, but unrelated problems discovered during the service probably would not be.

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