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BMW 3 Series Recalls

There have been 3 recalls on 3 Series vehicles in recent years. The latest was issued on 2012-04-20 due to a problem with the head restraint. Approximately 7600 vehicles were involved. Since 2004, 3 Series's have experienced approximately 4 recall(s) due to hazards with various components, including the frontal, control arm. See a list of recalls for your model year below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Also check the list of Additional BMW Models to the right. At times, the manufacturer or the NHTSA may use slightly different model names, or group models together by series.

Recalled BMW 3 Series vehicles

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Detailed Recall Information for BMW 3 Series

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2012-04-20 (Published by NHTSA on 2012-04-20)
Recall Summary: BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BMW 3-SERIES VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 19, 2011, THROUGH MARCH 18, 2012, THAT HAVE FRONT SEAT HEAD RESTRAINTS THAT EXCEED THE DOWNWARD MOVEMENT LIMIT OF 25MM IN THE HIGHEST POSITION. THUS, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 202A,"HEAD RESTRAINTS."
Hazard: IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE HEAD RESTRAINT MAY UNEXPECTEDLY MOVE DOWN SLIGHTLY IF IT WAS ADJUSTED TO THE FULLY EXTENDED POSITION, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.
Remedy: BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL ATTACH A CLAMP TO THE FRONT SEAT HEAD RESTRAINT POSTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 30, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
Additional Info: CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA Source: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallresults.cfm?start=1&SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=12V176000
   
2009-07-08 (Published by NHTSA on 2009-07-08)
Recall Summary: BMW IS RECALLING 2,350 MY 2008 1-SERIES AND 3- SERIES PASSENGER CARS. INCORRECT CRIMP CONNECTORS MAY HAVE BEEN USED ON THE SIDE AIR BAG AND BELT TENSIONER WIRING. AS A RESULT SUFFICIENT CONTACT BETWEEN THE CRIMP CONNECTORS AND THE CORRESPONDING PLUG MAY NOT OCCUR WHICH COULD LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN THE ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE OF THAT CONNECTION.
Hazard: IF THAT HAPPENED, IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE SIDE AIR BAG AND/OR THE SAFETY BELT TENSIONER NOT TO DEPLOY AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT AN OCCUPANT, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.
Remedy: BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-525-7417.
Additional Info: OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
NHTSA Source: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallresults.cfm?start=1&SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=09V257000
   
2008-08-05 (Published by NHTSA on 2008-08-05)
Recall Summary: BMW IS RECALLING 200,000 MY 2006 3 SERIES SPORT SEAT, MY 2004-2006 5 SERIES STANDARD AND SPORT SEAT, AND MY 2004-2006 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES. DEPENDING ON THE MANNER AND FREQUENCY OF THE FRONT PASSENGER'S ENTRY AND EXIT, SMALL CRACKS HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM, WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER AIR BAG "ON-OFF" LAMP WILL BE ILLUMINATED.
Hazard: IN THIS SITUATION THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS WILL NOT DEPLOY EVEN IF A SUFFICIENTLY SEVERE ACCIDENT WOULD OCCUR AND OCCUPANT PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THE SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REWORK THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT SENSOR MAT SO THAT EXTERNAL FORCE APPLICATION TO THE SEAT DOES NOT CAUSE A CRACK TO THE MAT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 6, 2008. BMW WILL ALSO EXTEND THE WARRANTY ON THESE VEHICLES TO 10 YEARS FROM FIRST REGISTRATION WITHOUT ANY MILEAGE LIMIT. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
Additional Info: BMW IS EXTENDING THE WARRANTY TO 10 YEARS FROM FIRST REGISTRATION WITHOUT ANY MILEAGE LIMIT TO THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES:MY 2006 6-SERIES, 3-SERIES (STANDARD SEAT), MY 2004-2005 Z4, MY 2004-2006 7-SERIES, MY 2006 X5, AND MY 2004-2006 5-SERIES (COMFORT SEAT).UNDER THE EXTENDED WARRANTY PROGRAM, THE OCCUPANT DETECTION MAT IN A VEHICLE THAT EXPERIENCES THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE WILL BE REPLACED AT NO CHARGE TO THE CUSTOMER.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA Source: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallresults.cfm?start=1&SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=08V384000
   
2006-10-18 (Published by NHTSA on 2006-10-18)
Recall Summary: ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, ONE OF THE SUSPENSION CONTROL ARM AND SWIVEL BEARING CONNECTION BOLTS WAS NOT TIGHTENED CORRECTLY. THE BOLTED CONNECTION COULD LOOSEN.
Hazard: THE BOLTED CONNECTION COULD BREAK WHICH COULD IMPAIR VEHICLE HANDLING AND CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BOLTED CONNECTION AND, IF NECESSARY, ADJUST THE CONNECTION. IN SOME CASES, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE SUSPENSION CONTROL ARM AND THE SWIVEL BEARING. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 21, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
Additional Info: CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA Source: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallresults.cfm?start=1&SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=06V400000
   
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Additional BMW Models

Recalls have also been issued under these model names:
1 Series1 Series M
128i135i
228i320
320i320xi
323323i
325325ci
325i325it
325xi325xit
328328d
328i328xd
328xi330
330ci330i
330xi335
335d335i
335xi428i
428xi430i
435i435xi
440i5 Series
5 Series Gran Turismo525
525d Xdrive525i
525ia525ia Sport Wagon
525it525ita
525xi528i
528it528xi
530530i
530ia530xi
535d535i
535i Gran Turismo535xi
540540i
540ia540ia Sport Wagon
540iat540it
540ita550i
550i Gran Turismo550xi
6 Series635
640i650i
7 Series740i
740ia740il
740ila740ilp
740li740lxi
745i745li
750i750il
750ilp750li
750lxi750xi
760i760li
ActiveeActivehybrid 3
Activehybrid 5Activehybrid 7
B7 AlpinaC600 Sport Maxi Scooter
C650 GtC650 Gt Maxi-scooter
F 650 GsF 800 Gs
F 800 SF 800 St
F650F650 Cs
F650 GsF650 Gs Dakar
F650gsF650gs Dakar
F700 GsF800 Gs
F800 Gs AdventureF800 Gt
F800 SF800 St
G 650 GsG 650 Gs Serato
G 650 X Us ChallengeG 650 X Us Country
G 650 X Us MotoG650gs
G650gs SertaoG650x Challenge
G650x CountryG650x Moto
Hp2 EnduroHp2 Megamoto
Hp2 SportI3
I8K 1200 Gt
K 1200 RK 1200 R Sport
K 1200 SK 1300 Gt
K 1300 RK 1300 S
K 1600 GtK 1600 Gtl
K SeriesK1200 Gt
K1200 LtK1200 R
K1200 R SportK1200 S
K1200rsK1300 Gt
K1300 RK1300 S
M2M235i
M3M4
M5M6
M760liR 1100 S
R 1150 GsR 1150 Gs Adventure
R 1150 RR 1150 Rs
R 1150 RtR 1200 Gs
R 1200 Gs AdventureR 1200 R
R 1200 RtR 1200 Rt (authority)
R 1200 SR 1200 St
R ModelR Nine T
R SeriesR1100 R
R1100 SR1100rt P
R1150 RR1150 Rt
R1150gsR1200 Gs
R1200 Gs AdventureR1200 Hp2
R1200 RR1200 Rt
R1200 SR1200 St
R1200cR850 R
S 1000 RS 1000 Rr
X1X1 Sav
X3X3 Sav
X4X5
X5 Diesel SavX5 Sav
X6X6 Activehybrid Sac
X6 SacX6 Sav
Z3Z4
Z8

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