As of 2015, BMW recalled thousands of 2002 and 2003 BMW 3 Series and M3s vehicles. The automaker first conducted limited recalls for the 2001 through 2005 BMW 325xi, 330xi, and 2001 through 2006 325 Ci and 330Ci cars registered in Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered manufacturers to recall all car models equipped with the defective Takata airbags in 2014, the German-based automaker recalled approximately 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles. BMW expanded its recall list after the airbag manufacturer divulged that the airbags are at risk of inflating due to humid weather conditions and can incur injuries. BMW recalled the cars to replace the probably defective front airbags in the passenger side.
BMW is not the only automaker hit by the recall ordered by the NHTSA. More than 17 million vehicles in the United States and 24 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled due to the Takata airbags. Most manufacturers recall their cars voluntarily if they identify defects in the car that may pose risks to roadway safety. BMW has also recalled other models for other reasons, including defects on the power brake assist, loose bolts that may cause engine to stall and fuel leaks that may lead to fire hazards.