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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,450 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 BMW 528 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012016


  • 90,000 miles


I have a 2008 528I and I got an error message saying the passenger restraint system, or air bag had an error regardless of a passenger present or not any time that car is turned on. I researched it and it seems that this problem is quite common on bmws and I feel as its an issue with the production of the car and th repair should not be at the owner's expense.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 292015


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW 528xi. While driving at 40 mph, the passenger restraint system, fault in passenger restraint system affecting air bag and belt pre-tensioner warning was displayed across the message board. The air bag and seat belt warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

May 052015


  • 40,000 miles
Passenger side airbag/ seatbelt lite on dealer said that the bsd cable going to the airbag is detached...but it must be replaced at a cost of about close to $900....not repaired as of yet

- West New York, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 062013

528 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


During an automated car wash, the following warning displays: "fault in passenger restrain system affecting airbag, belt tensioner, or belt force limiter". the airbag and seat belt light become activated when this happens as well. The warning message will stay on for hours after the car gets moderately wet, either in a rain storm or a car wash. Even if the car is turned off and then turned back on the message and errors will persist. It takes about 8-10 hours for the error to go away. This happens consistently and is easily repeatable. The most recent occurrence was April 13, 2014, while driving through a rain storm.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 222013


  • 79,700 miles
Restraint system malfunction warning periodically comes on while driving under normal driving conditions. This default deactivates airbags. Have taken to dealer to fix 4 times, and today they decided to charge a fee. This is an ongoing issue with my car and many others with recalls of the exact same model but 2 years older.

- Newark, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Jun 052010


  • 1 miles
The seat belt's height is not adjustable and too low for a 6ft5in driver. The seat belt often rides on left side of shoulder instead of on top. It is not likely to function optimally in an accident. Dealer has no solution.

- Port Jefferson, NY, USA

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