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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,010 miles

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2006 BMW 330 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 BMW 330 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 12)

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problem #50

Jun 202012

330

  • 110,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning lamp illuminated with the passenger seat occupied. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Edmond , OK, USA

problem #49

Jul 262012

330 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
For the listed 2006 BMW E90 330I, the following error message was displayed in the idrive interface. "pass. Restraint system: Fault in passenger-restraint system affecting airbag, belt tensioner or belt-force limiter. Restraint system malfunction!" the failure occurred with nothing occupying the passenger seat while travelling approximately 35 mph. The seatbelt, airbag, and passenger airbag warning lights remain illuminated with and without a person occupying the passenger seat and cannot be cleared. BMW was contacted and stated the VIN did not qualify for a recall of NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal). The vehicle has not been repaired. This defect causes a severe safety risk due to possible seatbelt and airbag system failures resulting in potential fatality. Since the make, model, year, and equipment match the recall specifications; this vehicle should be included in the recall and repaired at no cost to the owner. The mileage at which the failure occurred and current mileage are approximately 86,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #48

Jul 012012

330 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Passenger seat occupant sensor fault.

- Bay Minette, AL, USA

problem #47

Aug 112011

330

  • 108,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330xi. The contact stated that while driving 42 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer replaced the mat in the passenger seat and the connectors. After the repair the light illuminated the following day. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised that the connectors were bent after previously stating that they had replaced them. The dealer then replaced the connectors. Eight months later the air bag warning light illuminated again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the contact was informed that the failure was caused by a fuse which needed to be replaced. After the repairs, the contact drove 10 miles and the light illuminated again. The dealer then advised that the failure was caused by the control module. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 108,000 and the current mileage was 125,000.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #46

Aug 022011

330

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330xi. The contact stated that the passenger air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger air bag sensor mat was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Willowbrook, IL, USA

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problem #45

Apr 232012

330 6-cyl

  • 49,884 miles
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 #44

May 232012

330

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330xi. The contact stated that the air bag and passenger restraint lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact researched and located NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bag frontal). The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was informed that the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 76,000.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #43

Apr 012012

330

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the air bag deactivation warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the front passenger seat air bag mat sensor failed. The manufacturer denied assistance with the repair because the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags frontal). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 64,000.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #42

Mar 072012

330 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My car displays exact symptoms of NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 which is a passenger seat mat sensor failure. I called BMW na to find out more about this recall and they told me my car is not part of the recall. I researched online and it seems like BMW is denying this recall to most of the owners having this issue. This is a serious safety concern and it is obvious that many more cars are affected by this issue then originally determined by BMW and NHTSA.

- Wheeling, IL, USA

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

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

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

330

  • 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

problem #36

Jan 152012

330

  • 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

330

  • 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

330

  • 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

330

  • 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

330

  • 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

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