10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,859 miles

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2006 BMW 325 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 13 of 16)

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problem #70

Jul 292009

325

  • 83,653 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact was traveling 60 mph when the passenger air bag restraint system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 83,653 and the current mileage was 141,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #69

Jul 202012

325

  • 57,585 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that at engine startup, the passenger restraint system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed that the battery needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The failure and current mileages were 57,585.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #68

Jul 192011

325

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. While parked, the contact noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician stated that the mat on the front passenger seat would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #67

Jul 172012

325 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles

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

Dashboard reads "passenger seat restraint malfunction" and shows an image of a dummy with an air bag deployed. When I called BMW they stated that my VIN number was not on the list for this recall, even though my car fits under this recall completely.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #66

May 212012

325 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Passenger airbags sensors come on and off, seat belt light on with passenger in car.

- Paterson, NJ, USA

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problem #65

Jul 102009

325

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact noticed the air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) but the contact was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Kelseyville, CA, USA

problem #64

Apr 232012

325 6-cyl

  • 49,884 miles

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

Warning light that air bag is not functioning comes on. Dealer found a fault in the seat adjustment sensor (part of the seat motor). Said seat motor would have to be replaced. This appears to be the same fault others are reporting that was covered for some series 3 models by a NHTSA recall. The dealer made no mention of a recall. I have not had the repair done.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #63

Jan 182007

325

  • 4,000 miles
Our vehicle fails to detect passengers and the airbag turns off. We were told by BMW initially that our passengers were too light, however, we understand that this item has been recalled several years ago, because the seat should detect passengers over 90 lbs, I weigh 115 lbs. Anyway, when I called the manufacturer they said our VIN was not included in the recall. NHTSA relies on the manufacturer to include VIN's in the recall, however, this is an obvious problem that my vehicle should have been included in the recall which is so well documented. We are the original owners and have not sold the vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #62

May 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 70,800 miles
The passenger air bag light started going on and off when a passenger is and is not sitting in the passenger seat. The defect is clearly the seat weight sensor that many others have cited. This is a significant safety issue. I called the dealer, and like many others, I was told my vehicle was not covered under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000. The dealer wanted to charge $125 for the diagnosis and $1500-1700 (estimate) to replace the seat mat. All the cost is was going to be the owner's responsibility. Mileage is currently 71K. I'm hopeful this compliant helps push the NHTSA and BMW to extend the recall to all 2006 325I models so owners don't have to absorb the high cost of a serious safety and design defect that could lead to a serious injury or death.

- Hanna City, IL, USA

problem #61

May 092011

325

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325. The contact stated that the front passenger seat air bag warning light would shut off whether the seat was occupied, or not. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 118,000.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #60

Apr 022012

325

  • 43,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the air bag light warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed and the failure was located at the passenger seat air bag sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer denied assistance with the repair because the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal). The failure and the current mileage was 43,000.

- Alexandria , VA, USA

problem #59

Sep 102008

325 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Failure of SRS seat belt warning system which deactivates passenger air bag deployment. This is extremely dangerous as the passenger is no longer protected. Failure repaired under warrant. Same problem occurred 2011 and dealer and BMW manufacturer will not repair as vehicle falls outside their recall vins. This problem is obviously a safety problem and one in which the manufacturer knows is a problem for this vehicle.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #58

Jan 152012

325

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated for the last few months. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was later notified and they informed him that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #57

Feb 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
When a passenger sits in the front passenger seat the airbag failure light illuminates, the seat belt light illuminates and remains lit, and the passenger airbag off light illuminates. This is apparently due to micro-cracking in the passenger seat occupancy detection mat, however BMW only includes a small percentage of affected cars in the 2008 recall. BMW na refuses to fix this safety defect for all 2006 build year 330I models with sport seats. The same seats which are affected by the identical issue for 2005 build year. It seems given the number of cars affected by the same issue that the defect was not corrected for the 2006 build year. This could result in the passenger airbag not deploying in a collision which is extremely dangerous.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #56

Feb 012010

325

  • miles
The OC3 mat (passenger occupancy sensor mat) has failed. This issue, as described in more detail below (4.), involves the front passenger seat occupant detection mat of certain BMW vehicles, and has been the subject of NHTSA PE07-045 and EA08-001. In short, a fatigue failure of the mat can occur and would consequently lead to the deactivation of the front passenger air bags with exception of the head protection system. The air bag warning lamp as well as the passenger air bag "on-off" lamp would illuminate in such case. BMW states that my vehicle does not fall under this recall since it was produced after 11/2005. Yet, the prognosis of the failure is exactly the same as of the recall.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #55

Dec 142011

325

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xi. The contact started the ignition and noticed that both the air bag and seat belt warning indicators were illuminated. The failure would also occur when driving at various speeds. The warning lights remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they detected the malfunction was contributed to the front passenger seat sensor mat. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal). The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall defect. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Elkridge , MD, USA

problem #54

Jul 012011

325 6-cyl

  • miles
The passenger seat occupancy detection module is faulty in our car. It was officially diagnosed by a BMW dealer on 20 Feb 2012. We are being told that our car's production time falls 1 month out of the previous recall on these same parts (NHTSA action number EA080001). BMW is refusing to fix it.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #53

Nov 102011

325 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Air bag light goes on, indicating malfunction on passenger's front seat. This problem is very well known with BMW car and a recall was already made. I don't know why 3 series models with sport seat are not in this recall. Online you can easily find out other owners with the same kind of problems. Please do something, before a fatal accident happens. Thanks.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #52

Feb 102012

325 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles
Air bag sign keeps going on/off. There was a recall 08V-384 but BMW is saying my vehicle was out of the build window. I have the same issue as NHTSA recall campaign number: 08V384000 (NHTSA action number: EA08001).

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #51

Feb 122012

325

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and after having a diagnostic test performed, the dealer advised that the passenger side air bag detection mat malfunctioned and the detection mat did not identify a passenger sitting in the seat. The contact was concerned that the air bag would not deploy in the event of a crash. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Augusta, GA, USA

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