BMW SA recalls 6 000 3 Series

2013-05-07 12:53

Cape Town - BMW is recalling about 6 000 of its E46 cars in South Africa because of an airbag problem that prompted five other major automakers to recall a total of 3.4-million vehicles.

The affected vehicles were made during 2002/03.

A BMW SA spokesperson said customers would be contacted within the next month as a precautionary measure.


The Detroit News reported that the recall, originated in the US and blamed on an airbag made a decade earlier, is the latest in a series of high-profile airbag recalls in recent years. In April 2013 Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and General Motors said they would recall 3.4-million vehicles worldwide because airbags could catch fire or send metal fragments into occupants.

Motoring website Edmunds.com’s senior analyst Michelle Krebs said the recall showed the effect of automakers using common parts.

"This recall is an example of the downsides of using 'super suppliers' for important vehicle components.”

  • Alan Gernet - 2013-05-07 13:58

    I thought it was because most Beemer's Indicator lights dont work....

      Mpho Leopeng - 2013-05-07 15:23

      I thought the accelerator pedal gots stuck to the floor especially on the freeway...

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-05-07 16:17

      ...and the accelerators are stuck. Apart from that they all have a problem with the nut behind the wheel.

      Shaun Green - 2013-05-07 16:42

      Guess what all the Thumbsdown folk drive ;-)

      Johann Kaiser Raath - 2013-05-08 12:01

      and "drive" is a very generous description of their abilities :p

  • Chere Jeanette Nienaber - 2013-05-07 14:19

    Isn't it a bit late to recall?

      Amber Rancic - 2013-05-07 14:30

      Better late than never, I guess.

      Erik Poncho's Van Wyk - 2013-05-08 09:16

      It might be late but atleast they were willing to stick their neck out there. My question is how many unsafe cars are out there that should have been recalled but werent.

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-05-07 14:27

    Whhhaaat? They been sold off already! the people have gone and bought Mercs

  • Martin Tino Masiela - 2013-05-07 14:31

    It's definitely late hey hope that no one got injured or passed on due to that!

  • Phumi Ntlabati - 2013-05-07 14:51

    Funny how CEO's never get recalled? It's called white arrogance!

      Werner Nel - 2013-05-07 15:31

      And ANC counsellors never gets fired....

      Wynand Steyn - 2013-05-08 15:30

      Hi Phumi, did you know: "BMW SA is committed to purchasing from Black, Black-empowered, Black- influenced and Black-engendered companies"? So let's say one of these companies manufacture and supply BMW SA with parts and have to recall due to a "malema" defect - is the white arrogant CEO to be blamed? Chip on the shoulder, my friend?

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-05-07 17:52

    Thus I do Chev Aveo

      Johann Kaiser Raath - 2013-05-08 12:02

      What's that?

  • CitizenOfSA - 2013-05-07 18:06

    Good on you BMW for recalling vehicles manufactured more than 10/11 years ago to fix this. Kudos to the blue and white propeller brand!

  • Jerry Govender - 2013-05-08 08:12

    Good on you BMW for making right on an issue more than a decade ago. For the comments about BMW drivers below, Haters will always hate

  • Hannes Erwee - 2013-05-08 17:49

    Proof that BMW is nothing more than Toy, and other brands, they use same parts. i never knew BMW could last more than 10 years.

      CitizenOfSA - 2013-05-08 18:39

      Probably because you never owned one.

      Weet van Beter - 2013-05-09 08:59

      You're wrong hannes. They don't even last 5 years.

      Zahir Kamdar - 2013-05-10 18:09

      A bmw can last allot longer the 10 , my e46 is nearing 11 and my e30 is at 25 with the e30 at very high mileage, looked after these cars would last for a very long time.

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