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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,647 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 BMW 128 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW 128 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 302016


  • miles


Received letter from BMW March 2016 giving description of recall due to airbags. Called dealership, March, April, may, June, July and August, no parts to fix it, no idea when it can be fixed. Emailed BMW, customer relations, told parts would be in end of summer, emailed again end of August, told parts won't be in until next year. Unsafe to drive this car, can't sell this car, no one cares.

- Belding, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 302016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 BMW 1. the contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V071000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 022015

128 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
My car warning message stated fault in passenger side airbag/belt tensioner, service asap, continue to wear safety belt (or something similar). Took vehicle to dealer, diagnosed with passenger seat mat occupancy sensor failure. Quoted $2600 for repair. This has been in the past and currently a recall problem that has affected over 200,000 vehicles due to a faulty/poorly designed part. Dealer and BMW of na state that my vehicle has not yet been included in recall. This is an extreme safety issue, it should not take multiple complaints, injuries, or deaths before cars having this issue are placed on the recall list! in addition a repair to a safety component should not be put someone nearly $3000 in debt! NHTSA please encourage BMW to enforce the recall/extended warranty to all vehicles having this same issue, there a hundreds of threads on the internet regarding bmws of all makes and models having the same problem with the sensors failing. Please do not wait for people to be injured or killed because of a faulty part not allowing the airbag to deploy!

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 012014


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW 128I. While driving approximately 55 mph, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed and repaired by an independent mechanic. The front safety belt retractor unit was replaced; however, the air bag light continued to illuminate. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was notified of NHTSA campaign number: 13V044000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 242013

128 6-cyl

  • 51,235 miles
Warning lights for seatbelt tensioner and airbag light illuminated on dash. Manual suggest that airbag and seatbelt tensioner may not operate correctly in a crash.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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