BMW has issued a car recall of 574,000, or all of its 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series cars, to replace the passenger-side front air bag.
The supplier of the air bag has found a possible problem with the inflator that can cause it to rupture unexpectedly. Other automakers that use this part from this supplier recently have recalled some of their cars in small numbers that are in certain areas of the U.S., as humidity has been identified as a potential factor in causing the inflator to rupture. BMW is not aware of any cases involving their vehicles and has issued the recall as a precautionary measure.
The company issued this recall as an extension of a car recall issued in May 2013 for the same problem. At that time, the supplier identified some cars with the air-bag part, and BMW recalled 42,000 BMW 3 Series cars at that time. The supplier has since extended the period when cars were produced with this part.
For tips on how to determine if your car (or a car you want to purchase) has been affected by a recall, read don't let a car go unfixed in a car recall.
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