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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 1
Average Mileage:
26,158 miles

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2001 BMW 325 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #12

Apr 152010

325

  • 101,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Drove over a small pothole on a street, and the side and curtain airbags prematurely deployed on the passenger side. I had to order a new side airbag. I am still unable to order a curtain airbag. This is a big safety concern, as the airbags could have injured my passenger. The car has no body damage, and drives perfectly. I have a airbag signal on the dash.

- Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 032009

325

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 325I. While driving approximately 65 mph on the freeway, the side curtain airbag on the passenger side suddenly deployed. The failure caused the engine to shut off in the middle of traffic. There was no impact or crash to trigger the airbag deployment. The dealer advised him to bring the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnosis at the contact's expense. He refused to pay for something that may have been a manufacturer defect. Through online research, the contact found numerous complaints that were identical to his failure and type of vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 63,000.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 142006

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2001 325 I BMW and the side and our air bags deployed while driving on the highway without being involved in any type of accident. Dealer ship does not want to replace the air bags unless we pay them.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012004

325

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After hitting a pot hole the passenger door air bag and passenger window air bag deployed, we are now left with the expense of replacing them on a leased car" or at the least paying the deductible on our insurance"

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #8

Jul 242003

(reported on)

325

  • miles
The side air bags inadvertently deployed which caused injury to the consumer.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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problem #7

May 102003

325

  • 28,000 miles
Driver side air bag and the window air bag deployed without cause.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #6

May 222003

325 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Side-airbags deployed unecessarily causing arm injury (bruise, abrasion/bleeding, elbow/neck/wrist ache). I ran over a bump on the road with no accident or impact. San antonio, Texas service advisor has confirmed no damage seen to justify deployment.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #5

May 102003

325

  • 28,000 miles
While driving 60 mph the driver door side air bag unexpectedly deployed. The consume R noticed the passenger side tires had a small orange size bubble in each tire. (the consumer didn't hit anything and there was nothing in the road) as a result of the unexpected air bag deployment, the consumer suffered hearing loss.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #4

Sep 152002

325

  • miles
Passenger side deployed while no pasenger was riding. Smart intelligence airbag failed to function. Relate to a previous complaint, air bag deployed while driving on highway 30mph, . causing driver lose control of vehicle, no additonal passenger. Note: Airbag should not deploy on the passenger side if no one is riding. The intelligence airbag system only activates airbag when there is a person sitting there--clearly a defect, unlike BMW's pervoius claim that there is no problem, or previous recalls.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 152002

325

  • miles
On September 15th, 8:20pm est my passenger side air bag deployed without getting involved in an accident. I have a 325 ci, production date August 1st, 2000. I was going off an exit ramp when the car ran over the "cat eye" stone dividers on the road (those stone dots, about.5 inch height). My right side air bag deployed at the same time the emergency light went off and the car shut off by itself. I was in a ramp so this incidence caused me to lose the power in a term. My power break stopped working and I had to pull the hand break to stop the car. My lawyers have suggested me to contact bmwna first to address this issue. But I have found a recall on 323/328 cars for the exact same problem. I am glad no body was hurt in this incidence. The car has no dent on door or any body damage beside the tire and the rims were chipped/dented due to the result that I had to pull over so fast onto the club to avoid on coming traffic. I am addressing this concern because I hope your company will start investigate this problem to avoid any future accidents.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 292002

325

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 70mph on highway and without prior warning driver's side airbag deployed. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 292001

(reported on)

325

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 55mph on highway and another vehicle veered into his lane, and driver's side airbag didn't deploy. Dealership was aware of problem.

- West Hill, CA, USA

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