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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,839 miles

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2006 BMW 330 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 330 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 12)

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problem #41

Jul 012011

330 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


My BMW 2006 330I has a defect in the passenger air bag. Whether someone is in the passenger seat or not, the passenger air bag light turns on indicating that the air bag is turned off. There was a recall on 2006 BMW 3 series (and other series) for this exact problem, but BMW states that my particular vehicle is not covered. It is the exact same problem that the recall was for, so I do not understand how it was not included in the recall of 2007/2008.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #40

Apr 102012

330 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
NHTSA campaign number 08V384000 does not cover this particular VIN vehicle, but I think it should. I have same symptoms and the dealer is replacing the passenger seat mat.

- Lawndale, CA, USA

problem #39

Dec 012011


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the SRS warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger seat mat sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 57,500.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #38

Apr 302010

330 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


After a recall on my (sport) seats was performed by the dealer, the seatbelt warning chime sounds when there is no one or nothing in the seat. It never did this before the recall was performed. The only way to get the chime to stop is to buckle the passenger belt.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #37

Sep 102008

330 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

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problem #36

Jan 152012


  • 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 #35

Mar 022012


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 56,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #34

Feb 012012

330 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 #33

Feb 012010


  • 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 #32

Sep 012011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330xi. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, an error message illuminated on the instrument panel, indicating that the front passenger air bag sensor was not functioning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the sensor would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Portsmouth, RI, USA

problem #31

Feb 082012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 3 series. The contact stated the front passenger air bag light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #30

Feb 092012

330 6-cyl

  • 94,632 miles
I'm the owner of a 2006 series 3 BMW.. this is a safety issued concerning NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 for the recall of the passenger seat mat defect. "in this situation the front passenger air bags will not deploy even if a sufficiently severe accident would occur and occupant protection provided by the system would not be possible". a passenger restraint malfunction is displayed on my vehicle dashboard. Today BMW and subsequently the dealer refused to replace this part at not cost. According to BMW only a selected number of vehicles were affected by this problem. After reading reviews, blogs and previous complaints it is clear that BMW is refusing to service my car or any other of a potential road hazard with fatal consequences. The cost of over $1,300 should be carried by the company and not by their customers. Especially when it is clear that the airbag malfunction problems was a problem affecting more than the selected number of vehicles. BMW should stop promoting vehicles with high safety ratings when is clear the quality of the products used for this matter do not meet the expected standards.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #29

Dec 082009

330 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The passenger airbag sensor mat is not working and this causes the red airbag failure light to illuminate on dash. It is my understanding that all airbags are disabled as a result. The dealership claims that my car is not part of a 200,000 vehicle recall for this problem and therefore won't fix it. I do not understand how such a vital safety component will not be repaired by the manufacturer and that the consumer must pay well over $500 to have it fixed. I think the manufacturer should replace these and save lives.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #28

Aug 102011

330 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I brought my 2006 BMW 325I to the local dealership about the air bag passenger warning light and seat belt indicator light. I was told that it was the passenger sensor mat underneath the seat that needed to be replaced and was given an estimate of $900 to fix it. I asked to check if there have been any recalls on air bags for my vehicle. I was told yes there has been a recall but my VIN# was not on the list. I asked why and he said because BMW only recalled so many of the 2006 325I vehicles to fix. I said this is a vehicle defect and BMW only recalled certain ones? the answer was yes. I decided to follow up with BMW usa who confirmed a recall for the 2006 325I BMW sensor mat and once again said the recall did not include my VIN#. I did further research on the online and found other consumer complaints about the passenger sensor mat warning light and vehicle VIN#S who are not on the recall list. I would ask that you take this matter into consideration very seriously.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #27

Jan 192012

330 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
My vehicle displayed a passenger restraint system failure message. After researching the issue online, it appeared that BMW had issued a recall for this defect: NHTSA recall campaign id number: 08V384000. However, after contacting BMW, I am being told that my vehicle is not part of the recall. It seems to me that the defect extends beyond the vins that are included in the recall given that so many people are having the same issue and BMW is not honoring the warranty.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #26

Jan 162012


  • 80,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the passenger safety restraint warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 80,500.

- Monroe, AZ, USA

problem #25

Jan 032012

330 6-cyl

  • miles
The airbag warning lights and seatbelt warning lights are lit in red. After diagnosis from the dealer's service department, it was concluded that the sensor embedded in the passenger side is malfunctioning and must be replaced. There was a recall in 2008 for the same model year with a similar malfunction of the airbag sensor (NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000) also, in that recall it states: " BMW is extending the warranty to 10 years from first registration without any mileage limit to the following vehicles: My 2006 6-series, 3-series (standard seat), my 2004-2005 Z4, my 2004-2006 7-series, my 2006 X5, and my 2004-2006 5-series (comfort seat). Under the extended warranty program, the occupant detection mat in a vehicle that experiences this specific issue will be replaced at no charge to the customer" however, the local BMW dealer says they cannot honor that warranty.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #24

Dec 272011

330 6-cyl

  • 26,600 miles
Vehicle was traveling South in the left hand lane on highway 101 in ventura California. Driver side door airbag deployed for no reason while vehicle was traveling at approximately 75mph. Driver was able to maintain control of car and was able to reach the right hand shoulder of the freeway. Police responded to the scene and verified that no damage had occurred to the car. Airbag deployment resulted in superficial burns to the drivers left arm and residual pain in the neck region. Deployment caused violent motion to the car and if it had occurred in a heavy traffic situation a collision would have been unavoidable.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #23

Dec 302011

330 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The passenger airbag warning light and seat belt warning light for the passenger are constantly on, indicating the passenger airbag will not deploy. This happens regardless if a passenger is sitting in the passenger seat or not. My vehicle is equipped with sport seats. There is a recall in order for this exact problem, but my 2006 330xi was not included in the recall for some reason. Here is the #: NHTSA action number: EA08001 there are multiple cases for 2006 BMW 330 (xi and I models) that are now having this issue. Here is a link to a forum thread about this:

- Rochetser, NY, USA

problem #22

Dec 102011


  • 120,000 miles
BMW sent a recall on 06 front airbag mat sensor and I contacted them and they stated that my VIN was not part of their recal;. despite the multiple complaints ive found online. They are declining any type of service and want me to pay for it fully.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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