really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,949 miles

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2006 BMW 330 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 330 Owner Comments (Page 14 of 14)

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problem #14

Jun 202011

330 6-cyl

  • miles


I took my 325I 2006 BMW to the local dealership about the air bag passenger warning light in the computer's dashboard. I was told that it was the passenger sensor mat underneath the seat that needed to be replaced&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 asking the question-why does an airbag not work" I was told yes there has been a recall but my VIN# was not on the list. I asked why&he said because BMW only recalled so many of the 2006 325I vehicles to fix. I said this is a vehicle defect&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&once again said the recall did not include my VIN#. I made it very clear of my feelings with their decision to fix certain vehicles and not all the VIN#S. I did further research on the computer & 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. Everyday drivers take precious cargo into their vehicles children&adults. If there is a manufacturer defect with a vehicle they need to be responsible for all VIN#S of that year, make&model. This recall is not just a problem for a certain#of vehicles&excluding others. The recall cost for BMW is far less&avoids a more serious problem if the air bag does not deploy causing injury or death. If the sensor mat does not work, the air bag does not go off. It does not take a rocket scientist to know the sensor mat is the problem-the one BMW installed-yet they won't be responsible for replacing it. I am the consumer-should I pay for something that is defected-a installed life saving device in the vehicle.no, I do not feel this is something I am responsible for. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 242011

330 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I own a 2006 BMW 3 series. While driving approximately 5 mph, I noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the front passenger seat sensor mat would have to be replaced. I referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 032010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330xi. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the passenger seat sensor mat failed and needed to be replaced. The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal) and would not be repaired under the recall. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 65,000.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 132011

330 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


Passenger seat occupancy recognition sensor is faulty (error code 93C3), preventing the passenger side airbag from deploying in the event of a crash. BMW has refused to repair this item at their expense despite the fact that the same(or similar) part has been recalled for other 2006 3 series vehicles.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #10

Sep 192011


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 3 series. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the front passenger seat sensor mat would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Bronxville, NY, USA

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problem #9

Nov 092010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer made the contact aware of the NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) recall, but the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 062011


  • 43,000 miles


Front passenger safety sensor (OC3 seat mat) had premature failure while driving with passenger. Failure results in dash warning lights illumination as well disablement of passenger air bag. Air bag disablement could have resulted in fatality, system should force the air bag on if sensor fails. Related recall is in affect for similar year models but bmwna believes this is an unrelated because the seat types are different (sport seat vs. Standard seat). BMW (along with sub component supplier) should fix this problem by extending compensation to all of those who had to voluntarily replace faulty sensors and recalling 2006 330I sport seat owners as well. Safety systems should not fail within the first 40,000 miles of automobile's life. Will provide failed hardware upon request to BMW or NHTSA.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 302010

330 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 #6

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 #5

Oct 102010

330 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 #4

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 #3

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 #2

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 #1

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

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