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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,955 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 BMW 530 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 152011

530 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW 530I. While parked, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the front passenger side air bag sensor occupancy detection mat would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 04/18/12 the consumer referenced rcall # 08V384000 in his complaint. Updated 04/23/12

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 012011

530 6-cyl

  • miles
My air bag/SRS lights are both illuminated on my car's dashboard and there are no codes of any kind listed. There is currently a recall for my vehicle but my car's VIN is not on BMW's list. I purchased my vehicle in germany while stationed overseas in the military and wonder if that is having a bearing on my status? I am experiencing exactly what is listed in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 NHTSA action number: EA08001 but nobody is trying to assist me because my VIN is not listed in the recall. Any assistance you are able to provide would be much appreciated.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 102011


  • 89,700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 530I. The contact stated the air bag light illuminates on the instrument panel. The contact checked for recalls on the vehicle and then took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that the vehicle was experiencing the failure of the occupant detection on the front passenger seat, but was not included in NHTSA recall campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal) and would not be covered under the recall. The failure mileage was 89,700 and the current mileage ws 89,800.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 282011


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW 530I. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact noticed the passenger malfunction air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated that the front passenger seat mat sensor needed to be replaced. The technicians stated there was a related recall 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal) but the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 162010


  • 65,985 miles
BMW North America denied my recall reference to your campaign #08V384000. The problem described at your campaign is exactly what my problem occurred on my 05 BMW 530I. The dealer wants to charge me $1200 for the repair and I have fought with BMW customer relation and I go no where. Help!!!

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

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problem #2

Nov 172009


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 5 series. The frontal air bag lights remained illuminated at all times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer previously and was repaired. The air bag warning light was illuminated. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall and the warranty was not valid. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The failure and current mileages were 78,000.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 302008


  • miles
The passenger side "airbag is deactivated" lamp stays on constantly and the warning lamp on the communication system tells me I have a fault in the passenger side airbag. I was told by a BMW rep that this would be a safety recall eventually if I wanted to wait or I could pay $1400 now out of pocket and have it fixed. The BMW rep told me just not to let anyone ride in the front seat with me. That is very awkward as I am in sales and occassionally must Transport customers.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

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