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M3 Airbag Recall (archive)

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Posted by John on January 04, 2000 at 18:57:18:

if you drive an E36 M3, Mar 97 - Aug 99 production, your car is being recalled --
from the NHTSA.DOT.GOV website

---Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. These vehicles are built with a side air bag system consisting of
door-mounted thorax air bags (rear door air bags are optional), a Head Protection System (HPS) for front
occupants, a central electronic sensor and diagnostic system, left and right satellite impact sensors, and associated
wiring. This system is unduly sensitive to certain non-crash impacts, such as contacting large potholes or curbs at
substantial speed.

This could cause the side air bag and HPS to deploy without an actual side crash. In addition, the Battery Safety
Terminal (BST) could also activate, disconnecting the starter cable from the battery. In this case, the vehicle's
electrical system could continue to operate and the engine would continue to rub, but after stopping, could not be

Dealers will reprogram the central computer control module that regulates the performance of all of the vehicle's
occupant protection systems. Owner notification is expected to begin during January 2000. Owners who take
their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a
reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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