In Reply to: M3 Airbag Recall posted by John on January 04, 2000 at 18:57:18:
I have a '97 M3/4 with a July '97 build date, and there are NO side air bags in the car. I believe the side bags first appeared in the '98 model year M3. Does anyone know if they were even available as an option for '97?
: 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).