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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,641 miles

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2006 BMW 550 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 BMW 550 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jan 122016

550

  • 80,000 miles

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

My passenger air bag warning light came on about a month ago for apparent reason and stay on ever since. I contacted the local BMW dealer and was told my VIN was not on the recall list. I was very disappointed and dont understand why some cars were on the recall and some were not. Apparently this is a common problem with all bmws and a very serious safety issue. This safety issue should be taken care of by the manufacture.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 202016

550

  • miles
Front passenger air bag light warming on I-drive and air bad light lit on dash. Passenger restraint failure. Fault in passenger restraint system affecting air bag, belt tensioner or belt-force limiter.fasten and continue to wear belts. On 24-7. from the moment you start the car till the moment you shut it off.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #26

Oct 122014

550

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 BMW 550I. While driving approximately 40 mph and attempting avoid crashing into an animal, the vehicle was maneuvered to the right and crashed into a tree. The front driver side air bag deployed. As a result, the contact sustained burns to the right wrist, forehead, and the left side of the neck which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate the failure mileage was 130,000.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #25

Oct 122014

550

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 550I. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph attempting to avoid crashing into an animal, the contact swerved to the right and crashed into a tree. The air bag deployed but the contact sustained burns on the neck and right wrist from the air bag chemicals. The contact also required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #24

Jan 202015

550 8-cyl

  • 173,134 miles
Passenger restraint system belt tensioner or belt force limiter fault. Airbag light on.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

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problem #23

Nov 182014

550 6-cyl

  • miles
My car is not on the airbag recall list but I have had this error for awhile now & it appears to be related to the airbag issue (not sure if my car has a tekata.) the message comes up on the screen- pass. Restraint system- fault in passenger-restraint system affecting airbag, belt tensioner or belt force limiter. Continue to wear the safety belt. I also have a picture of the error.

- Miami Springs, FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 132014

550

  • 70,000 miles

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

Steering malfunction issue and restraint system malfunction message. I'm aware that BMW had recalls on these issues that I am having however I called BMW usa and my VIN number they say wasn't involved in the recall. However I'm having the same issue.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #21

Oct 312014

550

  • 100,100 miles
Air bag light came on and won't go out.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 092013

550

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 550I. The contact stated that the front passenger's side air bag failed and the warning light was illuminated continuously. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 13V564000(air bags) however, the dealer indicated that the parts were not available. The contact stated that the recall repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Franklin , TN, USA

problem #19

Nov 162013

550 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I bought the car it had an oil leak, radiator leak, developed an air bag malfunction, the engine stopped running, tar is accumulating on top of the sunroof every time I open it, the heater fan makes noise, the transmission makes noise after four attempts it is still leaking oil. All of my friends who own BMW's have also had air bag malfunctions. None were part of the recall, all paid $1,300 to have it fixed. BMW should have recalled all of them. The purpose of recalling some is to avoid a total recall. They are building their cars with inferior parts so that they do not last for more than 60,0000 before major problems occur. One of my friends has spent over $10,000 on repairs to his 2004 X3.

- Huntington Station, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 052013

550

  • 68,000 miles

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

I bought a used BMW from long island auto find. Before picking it up I told nick certain things needed to be done there was a drafty sound coming from the moon roof the center rims were corroded, bolts were missing from the valve cover. I was called three days in a row by nick who claimed everything was done and the car was ready to be picked up. When I got the re not only was the battery dead, nothing on my list was done! I have since had the car 5 month and I has been in the shop 5 weeks so far. Passenger side air bag malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. There was an oil leak that caused my eyes to water and leaves a funny taste in my mouth. This took three different attempts to fix. The car moves from side to side at 65 mph. The car just died while taking my wife to work. I brought it to the shop it did it on the mechanic but he could not determine the cause. He said it was safe to take to Florida which is the reason I bought it. It stalled in Florida while entering an intersection then again in Delaware at 3:30 in the morning and 13 degrees! and again on the bqe as three lanes of traffic merged into one.I have 2 friends with the same car they were charged $1300 to fix the "air bag malfunction"everyone should be reimbursed. I am told the gaskets become brittle and leak. All of these issue's should be part of a recall.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #17

Nov 262012

550 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
One day while driving, my car had an alert come on the I drive saying the passenger restraint system was malfunctioning. It stayed on a few months and then went away for a few months. Now the problem is occurring again.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 292013

550 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I own BMW 530xi, I have problem with the passenger air bag, light still on all time. I checked in the web side BMW have recall for this issue, but I contact BMW ask me for the VIN #,I giving all number, but later they said to me my car not qualify for this issue I don't know why my car not qualify for this issue, I do not paid $ 1000, for this.... let's BMW do this... thanks...

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #15

Jan 182013

550

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW M5. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #14

Sep 092013

550

  • 142,000 miles
My BMW 525I just received a passenger restraint failure error. I saw online where there is an active recall for this matter. Yet, when I contacted the dealer and BMW usa, I was told the vehicle wasn't covered based on the VIN number.this is not acceptable! my family is at stake here! the lives of myself and anyone I carry as a passenger risk harm. I ask that this be reviewed for it is a known flaw with this vehicle. Please contact me at [xxx] or phone at [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #13

Jan 052010

550

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 5 series. The contact started the ignition and the front passenger's side air bag warning indicator began to illuminate continuously, although the seat was not occupied. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Columbia Falls, MT, USA

problem #12

Feb 252013

550

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 5 series. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the front passenger side seat mat would have to be replaced. The technician also informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 022012

550 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The passenger side occupancy seat mat for the airbag failed. BMW has bulletin sib 65 75 06, airbag warning lamp for OC3 seat mat fault, that covers my cars build date, but BMW states my VIN is not covered. There is also a current recall, NHTSA campaign number: 08V-384, but BMW states my car is not covered and refuses to honor the 10 year extended warranty. My car is experiencing this same issue, as diagnosed by a local BMW dealers, but they have failed to cover it. This is a major safety issue that is affecting many cars outside of the recall. They are many people posting on various BMW forums that are experiencing the same issue. BMW should be held accountable to fix all the vehicles experiencing this problem.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 202010

550 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
While driving, the passenger airbag warning light was on, and the airbag was disabled, although there is passenger sitting there.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 202012

550 6-cyl

  • 20 miles
The airbag warning lamp comes on periodically. There was a recall, but it only covered to November 22 of 2005 production and my car was produced in December of 2005.

- Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

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