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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,883 miles

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2008 BMW 328 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW 328 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 162016


  • 85,000 miles


Takata recall passenger airbag off stays illuminated even while passenger is in the seat with seat belt on! not safe!!!!

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 062016


  • 45,000 miles
The car's airbag failure warning light, and seat belt warning light started going off whenever someone sits in the passenger seat, indicating that there is no airbag/passenger seat belt function in the car. Dealer has diagnosed the problem as a failed passenger seat sensor mat and indicates that this is a common problem. Cars up until the 2007 model year have been recalled to fix the problem, but BMW has yet to extend the recall to the 2008 model year. BMW still has not issued a recall, and I would like NHTSA to perform an investigation as this looks like the same problem as NHTSA campaign 13V-564. The lights come on whether stationary or in motion, whether a passenger is in the seat or the seat is empty.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #4

May 302014


  • 35,000 miles
Seat belt and air bag warning lights go on when there's no one sitting in the passenger seat. Was told this is likely a seat sensor issue. I have the sport package and have read that many people have the seat sensor issue with sport seats. Also there has been a recall for almost every year model for the BMW 3-series up to 2007 for seat sensor recall. The light is on constantly now when the car is turned on, whether it is driving or stationary. The lights used to go intermittently on or off but now they are staying on. This makes questionable whether the seat belts are working or if the air bags will deploy.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 102014


  • 44,900 miles


On the afternoon of November 10th, while driving, a red light with a passenger restraint system malfunction message lit up on the dashboard. I brought the car into the dealer the next day and they said they had to order the part. They were unable to turn the light off, which affected my ability to retrieve time and temperature on the dashboard reader. They had to order the part, which was replaced on November 26th. The part is called sop battery safety terminal (battery cable plus pole). I was told that the wires tested as "broken intermittently." I was told that when this battery cable works correctly it will shut off the gas pump so that there was no danger of fire. I was concerned about driving the car even when the driver side seemed to be all right, because if gas leaked the whole car would be on fire, not just the passenger side. Since there was a recall of the airbag system, I thought this might be also related. The dealer said he had seen this before on other cars but he could not say how many. I am grateful that this could be fixed before any accident occurred.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 032013

328 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
When putting on my seat belt, the belt locked when pulled out of the retractor. The belt would not pull out far enough to fasten the seat belt. It took about 100 tries of reeling the belt in and then gently pulling it out to get the seat belt fastened. The BMW dealer says the upper belt reel and the coupler mechanism needs to be replaced.

- Wildwood, MO, USA

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problem #1

Feb 282012

328 6-cyl

  • 92,400 miles
Since purchasing this BMW in Feb 2012, I have had this car at the dealer 4 times ( and its only Aug. 2012) due to air bag & seatbelt lights on, both front seats have had seat belt pretensioners replaced, & various other airbag work, frayed wires under seat. The problem seems to be unstoppable. The current mileage is approx 104K miles. The car is currently on its way to the dealer today 08/23/2012 for its 4th trip -for the un-stoppable airbag & seat belt light that it seems to be doomed with.

- Linwood , NC, USA

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