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 18 of 18)

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problem #19

Apr 292009


  • 65,786 miles


Front passenger air bag warning light illuminates and warning signals sound every time a passenger sits in the front passenger seat, regardless of occupant size. This results in the passenger air bag being deactivated. This has been reported to BMW of fort myers (two occasions in person in 2009 and 2010) and BMW (via their online customer email system two times in 2010 and 2011). Neither party is willing to check the system or repair it even though the NHTSA website indicates (1) BMW recalled 200,000 vehicles with this issue and (2) BMW has extended the warranty to 10 years without any mileage limit. I need NHTSA's assistance in getting BMW to review and fix this issue similarly to the hundreds of thousand of other cars they have recalled.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 302010

325 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The front passenger-seat occupancy detector failed, resulting in the airbag warning light turning on, warning of an airbag malfunction. Initially, the airbag warning light only turned on when a passenger occupied the front passenger seat, but later it remained on regardless, most of the time. Had the passenger-seat occupancy detector replaced, and that fixed the problem. Note that this is exactly the same problem as a BMW recall, except that I was told by BMW that my VIN was not covered.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #17

Apr 012010

325 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
SRS lights activate while driving. It deactivate the passenger airbag system. Passenger SRS light activated due to faulty occupancy seat sensor. The occupancy sensor must be replaced to correct the error.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #16

Apr 192011


  • 63,900 miles


When a passenger sits in the passenger seat, the airbag light will illuminate on the dash. BMW says there was a recall and extended warranty issued, but not for my VIN number. I fear that they did not recall all of the cars that would be affected by the faulty airbag sensor mat. I have no other option than to pay $2,000 to have the mat replaced. The service assistant even told me that it was the same issue that the recalled/extended warranty cars were having with the seat mat. I do not understand why they would not recall all of the affected vehicles. It is a major safety issue.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 012009

325 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated the air bag light intermittently illuminated on the dashboard while the front passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 82,000. Updated 05/03/11 updated 05/11/11

- Benning, GA, USA

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problem #14

May 282010


  • 95,000 miles
This complaint is in regards to NHTSA id #08V384000. The air bag warning lamp, seat belt lamp and the passenger air bag "on-off" lamp will not turn off. I contacted BMW via the phone number provided by your department and also visited my local BMW dealer and they both say that my car doesn't fall under said recall. My car is a BMW 2006 330I with sports seats, which is one of the cars listed as being defective by your department. However, BMW stated that the recall is for a specific number of airbag sensor matts that were damaged during shipping and that my car's matt was not part of this batch. Since my car is experiencing the same symptoms as those under the recall, and is actually one of the cars listed in your report, it's safe to say that the faulty airbag sensor issue goes beyond just the batch BMW is claiming were damaged. Even if this is true, and that specific batch of air bag sensors were damaged during shipping, then what's to say that my air bag sensor wasn't also damaged during shipping even if it was part of another batch. The logical conclusion, however, would indicate that the sensors being damaged during shipping is false and that there is in fact a flaw with the sensor itself. This is evident in the fact that BMW produced an updated version of the sensor and that my sensor though not part of the so called damaged batch is also experiencing the same exact symptoms. If the cause of the faulty sensors were due to being damaged during shipping then why need to create an updated version. The logical thing to do would be to ensure the safe delivery of the sensors, not create a new version. I've owned many vehicles with this same feature and have never had any problems. BMW claiming that the symptoms of my sensor having the same symptoms as the damaged batch is just a coincidence is a far cry. At the very least a new investigation should be done. Thank you.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #13

Oct 102010

325 6-cyl

  • 76,100 miles


I have a 2006 BMW 330I with the sport package seats. The SRS light and safety belt light are on due to a failure in the passenger seat occupancy detector. There is a recall on this item but apparently, according to both the BMW dealership and BMW customer service, this particular recall was not affecting my car although it has the same part that was in fact recalled in the affected models. They are denying any sort of claim or responsibility in repairing the problem. I have also found numerous complaints regarding the same type of vehicle and I can't understand why they are refusing to cover all of the affected models.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #12

Oct 012010


  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 330xi with sport seats. The passenger side airbag is inoperative due to a defective mat detector located inside the passenger seat. There is a recall out for this same problem on the same car but the dealer told me my car does not apply even though he hadn't seen the car or knew the VIN number. This is an active life threatening situation and I see numerous complaints about this issue here and at other safety related websites. Its hard to imagine that the NHTSA is letting BMW get away with this. I worked for BMW many years ago and their policy at the time was to deny fixing certain issues because if they fixed all of them, then it would become policy and become expensive and a blemish on their recall record. Shame on BMW... reminds me of the pinto safety policy.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #11

Sep 032010


  • 101,714 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 325I sedan with sports seats that failed the seatbelt warning sensor on the passenger seat due to a defective "occupancy sensor." This is exactly the issue as outlined in action number EA08001 but because the cars build date was later than stated in the recall is not covered. The problem exists in all 2006 cars and was not resolved by the manufacturer. Cost was $1,000 for replacement and 3 days at BMW.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 132010


  • 69,000 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 3 series that had a defective seat mat sensor. This defect led to the following indications in the vehicle: Overhead air bag warning light illuminated, the red airbag light on the instrument panel illuminated, and the system check window (digital display between tachometer and speedometer) indicated a fault with the airbag. There is an active recall on this failure for 2006 3 series with sport seats, campaign number 08V384000. However, my vehicle's VIN number is not included on the list that NHTSA and BMW negotiated. BMW has denied my request to fix this problem at their cost. My vehicle is affected by the exact same problem that 200,000 other BMW?S had. There is a precedent for failure with the seat mat sensor. The cost to the consumer to correct this threat to safety is approximately $1400. NHTSA should expand this recall list to cover all vehicles affected by this problem. This is a safety issue and the cost burden should not be passed on to the consumer in this case.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 092010


  • 37,000 miles


I have a 2006 BMW 3 series that has a defective passenger airbag. There is an active recall on this already. However, my vehicle's VIN number is not included on the list that NHTSA and BMW negotiated. Therefore, BMW has denied my request to fix this under the recall even though they have acknowledged that my vehicle is affected by the exact same problem that 200,000 other exact same year and model vehicles that are covered under this recall. BMW should have to expand this recall list to cover all vehicles affected by this same problem. This is a safety issue as well and is no different than the events we have seen recently with Toyota.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 042010


  • 38,325 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xi. The air bag on/off light on the passenger side is illuminated to include a warning stating that the passenger system has malfunctioned. The dealer was diagnosing the failure when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 38,325.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #7

Sep 052009


  • 17,000 miles
Airbags and seat belt release were suddenly disabled. Took the car to the dealer and was notified that the rear lower belt release module (part # 72116975363) had been made non-operational due to a liquid spill on the left side of the rear seat. This caused the entire airbag system and seat belt system to fail. This also short circuited the cable (part #61129130173) BMW states that these parts are not covered under warranty due to " outside influences". spills inside the car should not disable and cause a short circuit to the airbag and seat belt security system.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 312008


  • 30,000 miles
I was driving about 10 mph in traffic on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at 5 P.M., in houston, when my 2006 BMW 325I began smoking in the passenger compartment and burst into flames by the time I got it parked. I first noticed the air conditioner was not functioning properly and then smoke immediately began filling the car. The car was totaled by the time the hfd arrived. The car was in good condition and had no recent service or problems. It had no previous electrical problems. The ac just began blowing warm air, and smoke started pouring into the compartment from above and below the dashboard - not from the ac. The car was running fine until it burst into flames. It had to be a mechanical defect or an electrical short of some kind.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 012008


  • miles
I have a 2006 3 series with a malfunctioning air bag indicator system. This vehicle series was recalled under NHTSA action number EA08001. I have contacted BMW North America twice and they will not confirm that I am in the recall but each time ask me to take the car to the dealer to have the issue repaired at my expense. The seat belt and airbag light in conjunction with the "airbag is not active" in the passenger seat is always on when a passenger is in the seat. This malfunction has been on going for at least six months. BMW na also claims not to have a VIN number list that they have in their possession, although they do say recall notices are being sent out. This seems rather odd if they are sending out recalls for VIN numbers that they don't know are being recalled. I am concerned for the passengers and cannot seem to get BMW to acknowledge the NHTSA recall or the vehicle.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 312008


  • 20,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW si (na). While driving approximately 5 mph, the driver's side of the contact's vehicle was struck. The air bags failed to deploy. Both driver's side doors were damaged. There were no warnings prior to the crash. The vehicle was towed to the authorized dealer for repairs. The police department was called to the scene and a report was filed. An occupant of the vehicle was injured. The failure and current mileages were 20,700.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

May 112008


  • 65,000 miles
BMW 330I 2006, passenger airbag injured 18yr old on face - burned, lacerated face and fx nose. Left eye, affected with extreme swelling. Victim traumatized and having blurred vision on left eye. A tire struck bumper while driving in fwy and driver hit the brakes and airbags came out. The girl was left as if a major car crash had occurred.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 282006


  • miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle was in an accident, hitting a deer which caused injuries to contact's neck. After during the accident, the air bags did not deploy. The accident was reported to the insurance company. On the second day after the vehicle was purchased, the seatbelt light illuminated.

- Kettle Falls, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 122006

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
: the contact stated upon purchase, the seat belt light flashed intermittently, when the seat belt was latched. Then, while traveling 50 mph, the vehicle struck a deer. The seat belt did not restrain the driver and no air bags deployed. There was damage to the grill area, the vehicle was driven away from the scene and has not been inspected by a mechanic. The driver sustained minor injuries. Updated 8/14/2006 -

- Kettle Falls, WA, USA

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