really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,457 miles

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2006 BMW 325 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 16 of 18)

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problem #59

Sep 102008

325 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Failure of SRS seat belt warning system which deactivates passenger air bag deployment. This is extremely dangerous as the passenger is no longer protected. Failure repaired under warrant. Same problem occurred 2011 and dealer and BMW manufacturer will not repair as vehicle falls outside their recall vins. This problem is obviously a safety problem and one in which the manufacturer knows is a problem for this vehicle.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #58

Jan 152012


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated for the last few months. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was later notified and they informed him that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #57

Feb 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
When a passenger sits in the front passenger seat the airbag failure light illuminates, the seat belt light illuminates and remains lit, and the passenger airbag off light illuminates. This is apparently due to micro-cracking in the passenger seat occupancy detection mat, however BMW only includes a small percentage of affected cars in the 2008 recall. BMW na refuses to fix this safety defect for all 2006 build year 330I models with sport seats. The same seats which are affected by the identical issue for 2005 build year. It seems given the number of cars affected by the same issue that the defect was not corrected for the 2006 build year. This could result in the passenger airbag not deploying in a collision which is extremely dangerous.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #56

Feb 012010


  • miles


The OC3 mat (passenger occupancy sensor mat) has failed. This issue, as described in more detail below (4.), involves the front passenger seat occupant detection mat of certain BMW vehicles, and has been the subject of NHTSA PE07-045 and EA08-001. In short, a fatigue failure of the mat can occur and would consequently lead to the deactivation of the front passenger air bags with exception of the head protection system. The air bag warning lamp as well as the passenger air bag "on-off" lamp would illuminate in such case. BMW states that my vehicle does not fall under this recall since it was produced after 11/2005. Yet, the prognosis of the failure is exactly the same as of the recall.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #55

Dec 142011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xi. The contact started the ignition and noticed that both the air bag and seat belt warning indicators were illuminated. The failure would also occur when driving at various speeds. The warning lights remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they detected the malfunction was contributed to the front passenger seat sensor mat. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal). The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall defect. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Elkridge , MD, USA

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problem #54

Jul 012011

325 6-cyl

  • miles
The passenger seat occupancy detection module is faulty in our car. It was officially diagnosed by a BMW dealer on 20 Feb 2012. We are being told that our car's production time falls 1 month out of the previous recall on these same parts (NHTSA action number EA080001). BMW is refusing to fix it.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #53

Nov 102011

325 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


Air bag light goes on, indicating malfunction on passenger's front seat. This problem is very well known with BMW car and a recall was already made. I don't know why 3 series models with sport seat are not in this recall. Online you can easily find out other owners with the same kind of problems. Please do something, before a fatal accident happens. Thanks.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #52

Feb 102012

325 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles
Air bag sign keeps going on/off. There was a recall 08V-384 but BMW is saying my vehicle was out of the build window. I have the same issue as NHTSA recall campaign number: 08V384000 (NHTSA action number: EA08001).

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #51

Feb 122012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and after having a diagnostic test performed, the dealer advised that the passenger side air bag detection mat malfunctioned and the detection mat did not identify a passenger sitting in the seat. The contact was concerned that the air bag would not deploy in the event of a crash. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #50

Feb 182009


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag sensor malfunctioned and no longer recognized when a passenger was seated in the seat. The air bag light also illuminated when passengers were not seated in the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the failure was due to normal wear and tear. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Mission Hills , CA, USA

problem #49

Feb 082012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 3 series. The contact stated the front passenger air bag light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #48

Feb 092012

325 6-cyl

  • 94,632 miles
I'm the owner of a 2006 series 3 BMW.. this is a safety issued concerning NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 for the recall of the passenger seat mat defect. "in this situation the front passenger air bags will not deploy even if a sufficiently severe accident would occur and occupant protection provided by the system would not be possible". a passenger restraint malfunction is displayed on my vehicle dashboard. Today BMW and subsequently the dealer refused to replace this part at not cost. According to BMW only a selected number of vehicles were affected by this problem. After reading reviews, blogs and previous complaints it is clear that BMW is refusing to service my car or any other of a potential road hazard with fatal consequences. The cost of over $1,300 should be carried by the company and not by their customers. Especially when it is clear that the airbag malfunction problems was a problem affecting more than the selected number of vehicles. BMW should stop promoting vehicles with high safety ratings when is clear the quality of the products used for this matter do not meet the expected standards.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #47

Sep 242011


  • 57,000 miles
At first, it was intermittant, the passanger seat belt/air bay signal would display even though no one was in the passenger seat. Then, signal was on all the time. Mechanic found a bad part OC3 matt. Had it not been replaced, the airbag would not have worked on the passenger side.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #46

Jan 262012

325 6-cyl

  • 71,243 miles
The airbag warning comes on indicating that the passenger seat airbag is off and the. Belt tension sensor is malfunctioning. Only happens when there is someone sitting in the passenger seat.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #45

Aug 102011

325 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I brought my 2006 BMW 325I to the local dealership about the air bag passenger warning light and seat belt indicator light. I was told that it was the passenger sensor mat underneath the seat that needed to be replaced and was given an estimate of $900 to fix it. I asked to check if there have been any recalls on air bags for my vehicle. I was told yes there has been a recall but my VIN# was not on the list. I asked why and he said because BMW only recalled so many of the 2006 325I vehicles to fix. I said this is a vehicle defect and BMW only recalled certain ones? the answer was yes. I decided to follow up with BMW usa who confirmed a recall for the 2006 325I BMW sensor mat and once again said the recall did not include my VIN#. I did further research on the online and found other consumer complaints about the passenger sensor mat warning light and vehicle VIN#S who are not on the recall list. I would ask that you take this matter into consideration very seriously.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #44

Jan 042011

325 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Passenger airbag / seat belt light came on and would not go out. There were multiple NHTSA recalls (PE07-045) and (EA08-001) but my VIN falls outside of the recall because apparently I have sport seats. There are numerous complaints on various sites about this issue. Bmwna stated they won't offer to fix the issue since the vehicle was not included in the recall. Dealers charge $1000+ to fix this defect.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #43

Jan 052011


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the front passenger side seat sensor for the air bag was faulty and causing the air bag warning light to illuminate. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V257000 (air bags: Frontal) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Belair , FL, USA

problem #42

Jan 162009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that air bag warning light was illuminated for approximately three years. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the passenger seat sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised her that she was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Loris, SC, USA

problem #41

Nov 152011

325 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Airbag light is constantly on showing passenger airbag is always off. Noticed multiple issues from other owners and recall # 08V384000. BMW refuses to acknowledge or do anything about the issue.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #40

Jan 032012

325 6-cyl

  • miles
The airbag warning lights and seatbelt warning lights are lit in red. After diagnosis from the dealer's service department, it was concluded that the sensor embedded in the passenger side is malfunctioning and must be replaced. There was a recall in 2008 for the same model year with a similar malfunction of the airbag sensor (NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000) also, in that recall it states: " BMW is extending the warranty to 10 years from first registration without any mileage limit to the following vehicles: My 2006 6-series, 3-series (standard seat), my 2004-2005 Z4, my 2004-2006 7-series, my 2006 X5, and my 2004-2006 5-series (comfort seat). Under the extended warranty program, the occupant detection mat in a vehicle that experiences this specific issue will be replaced at no charge to the customer" however, the local BMW dealer says they cannot honor that warranty.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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