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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,967 miles

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2001 BMW 740 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 172014

740 8-cyl

  • 56,900 miles


Common defect: Air bag warning light is on. Suspected passenger seat sensor failure. I've had 2 BMW's from this series - both with the same issue - yet no recall from BMW - why" isn't this a safety system? I see airbag recalls on cars dating back to this era. Why none for BMW? also - odometer ribbon cable failure causing pixels to fail. No recall - problem exists across the series from 1996-2001 and beyond. No fix - no recall - no repairs offered. Why"

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 082011

740 8-cyl

  • miles
My daughter with myself and my 4 year old, riding on the passenger side driving on mallard creek road, all of a sudden we hear this loud ┐kaboom┐ noise this caused (for some reason) the driver side airbag on the door (the side airbag) to deploy. When it deployed, it tore and the door fell apart in the inside a strip of decorative metal on the interior. The strip was about 2-3 feet long and had between 3 and 5 1" bolts protruding from it. The metal strip hit the driver on the arm and caused an abrasion. We were greatly concerned about this for two reasons: (1) why did that particular bag deploy when there was no hard impact and (2) the metal strip that ripped off could have hit someone in the eye or in another place that would cause a serious injury. Even as it was, my daughter arm was totally bruised on her shoulder. This information was provided to the dealer and the BMW complaint department, BMW checked out the car and said the reason why this happened is when we changed the tires on the car we changed the suspension. The suspension has nothing to do with the airbags deploying while just driving 35mph and no accident occurred. As a result of this my daughter was traumatized, as a permitted driver she may have long lasting effect, at this point she is scared to drive. Finally once BMW checked out the problem they agreed to fix the defect only if we agreed to change the tires on the vehicle. Please if you can assist us in helping get this airbag & the door fixed reason is it's dangerous driving this vehicle with no airbags. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 262002


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- New York City, NY, USA

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