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Old 06-03-2019, 04:54 PM
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I'm still getting notifications asking me to take my 2001 in. It still seems to me that since I have a non-sport steering wheel, I don't have this problem. And even if I did have a sport steering wheel, if its airbag had never been replaced, it would not have this problem. I believe this to be true based on reading the letters BMW has been sending me over the past few years.

I know I could be mis-reading between the lines.

But I can't get anyone to admit that. They just want me to bring the car in. Easy for them, not so easy for me. I can understand also that telling people they are unaffected if they have a non-sport wheel may be dangerous, since surely some people won't know what that means. So I understand why they're doing this, but I still don't want to waste the effort.

Is there anyone out there with a non-sport (4 spokes vs. 3) steering wheel that has actually had an airbag replaced under this recall?

And "replaced" means they took the old one out and put a new one in. Just because you took the car in and the service sales guy tells you they "did the recall work" is not convincing to me - they might mean they inspected, noticed the non-sport steering wheel, checked you off the list and want you to feel better about wasting a few hours on a needless exercise.
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:25 PM
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I called about the'01 4 spoke wheel. "We cannot confirm if your airbag is in the recall until we actually see it." I took it in after umteen warning letters and the patient return with a clean bill of health for the AB but needing $700 of oil filter housing gasket required and $2300 worth of oil pan gasket old and most likely will start leaking.
A week later the '13 was in for the passenger side AB recall and came out with a warning it needed the $2300 oil pan gasket replaced because it was leaking. (Strange it was OK when my indy was under there recently.)
I think the whole thing is a scam that BMW NA is using to drum up business for their dealers.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:17 PM
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My four spoke non sport wheel was inspected and I was told it was fine.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:33 AM
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New Takata Airbag Recall ?

So I finally had a chance to dig into this and have found out this for 2001 model: the recall only really applies if your car has a REPLACED driver side airbag.

On the four spoke wheel you loosen the two T30 screws holding the airbag to the wheel center and simply pull the airbag off the wheel and turn it enough to read the brand label.

Checked my wife's today. Not Takata; OE bag no need to go to dealer. Took 5 minutes.

I didn't disconnect the battery because I wasn't planning to unplug the bag. I already had an appointment to have it replaced if it was Takata but now I have 3-4 more hours in that day.

I don't know what years the faulty airbaigs were produced but you only need to be concerned if you are getting the alerts from BMW.

If you got the alert, take your airbag out and look at the label. If it's Takata, THEN go to bmw.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:25 AM
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That's why I have a huge stack of recall notices for that car right now. I may get it done one day but its not high on my todo list.
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:00 PM
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FYI my OE bag had a YELLOW label so yellow doesn't mean bad.

This however is a Takata inflator. The label is a full circle mine was not. I forgot to write down the brand.

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