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Crashes / Fires:
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Average Mileage:
51,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 BMW X5 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 122016


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 BMW X5. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V071000 (air bags) and 16V364000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Osage Beach, MO, USA

problem #5

Jun 032016


  • miles
Takata recall I have received a letter in May 2016 to contact the local BMW dealership to set up an appointment to bring in the BMW for an interim replacement of the air bags. Once I arrived I showed them the letter and they said they had no replacements and tried selling other services etc. Now I have received another letter dated July 2016 warning us of the passengers front air bag and it will be replaced once available. We still have a un safe car will no solution. How can we resolve this? see letters and notes from BMW

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 152015


  • 80,000 miles
My vehicle is BMW X5 30I 2009 model year. I suddenly had an error message on the dashboard screen saying "pass restraint system faulty". dealer checked the problem and stated that this will not engage front passenger airbag and seatbelt restraint system if not fixed. Asked price was $1800 and paid $1500. Absurd price and should be covered by warranty -- its a safety system! I found out that there was an identical NHTSA recall on the same issue with other BMW vehicles just one or two years before this model year. The NHTSA recall code of that recall is 08V384000. I usually ride the car alone and have occasional passenger and never had any heavy load on the seat.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 202015

X5 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


While driving on a freeway more than a week ago suddenly the airbag and restraint malfunction appeared for no valid reason.the next day my wife heard a loud metallic rub sound and park brake malfunction appeared. Searched online but no recall for this kind of problems for my X5 but it looks like its very common for bmws.need help!pls!thank you and more power!

- Eastvale, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 022014

X5 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My 2009 BMW X5 has the pasanger airbag disabled light on and malfunction in the pasanger restraint system malfunction light on. For the past few months. I called BMW of North America and was told they have a recall on this specific problem but my VIN doesn't show this as an affected car. So they will not fix this. Even though the pasanger air bag will not deploy in an accident due to the faulty seat sensor that they have a recall on. I referenced the NHTSA campaign # 08V-384 but was still informed only specific VIN numbers are affected and they won't elaborate on how they came about with the specific criteria.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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problem #1

Jun 142013

X5 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle computer system shows a malfunction of the passenger safety system on the vehicle and states that the airbag will not deploy and seatbelts should always be fastened. This is an item that I should not have to pay for addressing, especially in light of related recalls of this specific system on other BMW models. I took the vehicle to circle BMW on hwy 36, West long branch, NJ and they wanted $1500 to address the issue and replace the bad "sensor" after charging me $150 to "detect" the reason for the malfunction.

- Lake Como, NJ, USA

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