NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2001 BMW 330

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2001 BMW 330, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INADVERTENT SIDE-IMPACT AIR BAG DEPLOYME NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02012

    Component(s): Air Bags:Side/Window

    Summary: The subject vehicle's air bag electronic control module contains programmable logic for deploying the side-impact air bags.BMW revised the module several times over the span of the model years 1999 through 2002 (identified as mrs2.ca, mrs2.bb, mrs3, mrs3+ and mrs4).although model year 1999.5 vehicles with version mrs2.bb had 6.5% of the subject population, it accounted for 29% of the total reports received.the mrs2.bb exposure adjusted report rate was almost 4 times higher than other 3 series air bag module versions.in August 2002, BMW initiated a recall campaign for 20,500 model 323I and 328I vehicles with version mrs2.bb (NHTSA recall # 02V223000).in addition to experiencing a lower rate of non-crash deployments, most of the non-recalled vehicles also showed evidence of significant pothole/curb impact with some having additional undercarriage contact/scrape or suspension damage.see additional information

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02012 »

  2. INADVERTENT SIDE-IMPACT AIR BAG NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02011

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 31, 2002
    • Date Closed: July 15, 2002
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Side/Window

    Summary: Allege that the driver's or front passenger's side-impact air bags may deploy form rough roads and non-crash impacts.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02011 »

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