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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,199 miles

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2006 BMW 530 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 092016


  • 132,000 miles


When my front passenger seat is occupied, during startup the car chimes with an error "pass restraint system" "fault in passenger-restraint system affecting airbag, belt tensioner or belt force limiter" "continue to wear the safety belt" (vehicle was stationary) BMW has issued a recall for this problem but oddly my VIN is not part of the group included.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 202015

530 6-cyl

  • 199,260 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 530I (make: 03/05). Two days back, while I was driving home from work (highway), suddenly the message, "passenger restraint malfunction" came up and when I researched about this, I found that there is a recall for the 2006 BMW 530I's for this issue (recall subject : front seat occupant protection mat, NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000). But, when I emailed BMW regarding the issue, they said my VIN is not included in the recall list. I am not sure why all the cars are not included when they are made in same year and same model. I am attaching the screenshot of the email that BMW customer care has sent me and also of the error message in the car. This has become a safety issue for my car now. So, could you please look into this issue and resolve this for me. Thank you in advance......updated 12/03/15

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #8

Mar 122009


  • 9,827 miles
Ongoing problems with passenger airbag and seatbelt warning lights illuminating. When lit, those systems are deactivated. BMW dealer replaced OC3 mat [recall] apparently twice. Problem recoccurred. Dealer replaced positive battery cable [recall]. pass airbag and seatbelts have illuminated multiple times since. Dealer blamed low battery voltage, wanted to sell me a battery. I refused. They tested with a "good" battery. Dealer now states sgm module is defective due to code 93F9. If that is true I believe the sgm has been damaged due to problems with OC3 mat and battery cable causing fluctuating voltage and damage to sgm, probably the capacitor that stores electricity. If you search online for 93F9 fault code you will see it is a common problem with BMW.

- Cardiff, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 072014

530 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Car screen shows defective passenger restraint and airbags for several weeks. I contacted BMW usa and they said there is no recall on this car. The other BMW 2001 BMW 325I/[xxx] was sent a letter of recall this past summer but BMW has not told us what to do about having the defect corrected.can you help? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 202014

530 6-cyl

  • 132,700 miles
Air bag and seat belt warning lights came and stayed on. Warning message on screen "malfunction restraint system -- air bag may not deploy seat belt tensioner not activated"

- Coralville, , IA, USA

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problem #5

Aug 012013

530 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 142,000. Updated 12/30/13

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 192013

530 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


My girlfriend got into the passenger side of my BMW and as I took off, a warning code came over my idrive screen stating that my passenger restraint was causing the passenger airbag to malfunction. I noticed at that same time that my airbag and restraint light were on in the dash board.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 282009

530 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My vehicle, a 2006 BMW 530I showed a message on the display menu stating that I had an issue with "the restraint system". it stated that in the even of an accident, my airbags will not deploy. I am concerned with this issue as it is safety related. BMW took care of it in 2009, and I recall the service advisor stating that the mat was "patched up", never replaced. But did mention that if I had any issues with this system, that I had a 10year warranty with no limit on miles as it is a safety recall. Today, I've experienced the same issue yet again. Seems like it was a temporary fix. I contacted my local dealer, and they stated that because my vehicle has a salvage title, I have no warranty. I don't understand why they tried to fix the issue initially, then decline the promised warranty (which I have a letter for). Any help to resolve my issue would be greatly appreciated. Best regards.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 102013

530 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2006 BMW 530I has just experienced a malfunction of the passenger airbag / seatbelt sensor, and I took it to the BMW of sterling service center, which confirmed that the occupancy sensor in the passenger seat has failed. This is exactly the cause for the August 5 2008 BMW recall (NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000), and according to the recall description, my car should have been recalled at that time. However, BMW of sterling told me that my VIN does not show up in the recall database. I hope this is not a scam that BMW of sterling (Virginia) is running, as they asked for $1400 to replace the sense, than after one more days they said they contacted BMW which agreed to pay 50% of the bill. I refused the offer, as it seems like a scam to me. Why my car was not part of the original recall, which states that all my 2004-2006 BMW 5-series (like mine) are recalled for this exact issue, and that BMW will even offer a 10-year warranty on this exact sensor" is BMW only recalling selective cars, and not all of them, to save some extra money????"

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202013

530 6-cyl

  • 96,200 miles
Passenger restraint system failure, fault light has started showing on my BMW, there has been a recall reported on the same component "statement on voluntary recall involving front passenger seat sensor mat on U.S.a. model bmws - August 13, 2008". I have the same problem but my VIN is not showing up in the recall. Dealer says its exactly the same part but I am not covered under recall warranty. This is a hugh safety issue...

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

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