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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 miles

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2008 BMW 550 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW 550 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012016


  • 90,000 miles


Waring light for seat belt restraint stays on, only on passenger side. Not sure if this affects integrity of seat belt or air bags.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 012015


  • 84,000 miles
Purchased used with 83,000 miles. Currently 100,000. The intermittently reports a failure in the passenger restraint system. When examined by a qualified mechanic, there is no indication of an issue with any of the passenger restraint systems. When this warning is present on the vehicle, I do not know what safety systems (if any) have been compromised. Dealership has stated there is a recall on similar vehicles during the same year, but not this vehicle even though it uses the same components.

- Hudson Oaks, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 192015


  • 80,000 miles
Pass restraint system error. Please help! I get this warning every so often when I get in my car and regardless of a passenger present or not. Several times the beeping signal will begin to make noise, to button the seat belt, even when nothing is in the seat. This is creating a very annoying driving experience.

- Sterling Hts, MI, USA

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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