hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,062 miles

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2006 BMW 525 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 082018


  • miles


My passenger seat belt restraints and airbag warnings light comes on. I saw that this year was included in my model 525I, but BMW of honolulu said my bin shows no recall" I'm confused and upset on how BMW can risk such a safety issue by not including all affected by this especially my year and model class because it's obviously an issue we all are having around the same exact time. Is there a solution or should I give up on BMW for such neglect for my safety and yours"

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #7

Dec 212017


  • 143,000 miles
Was dropping off a passenger and when I parked on a city street.he took his seatbelt off and opened the passenger door. When he got off the seat I noticed two lights come on in the dashboard. Then the notification came up on my menu screen displaying restraint austen malfunction. I've looked up my 2006 BMW 525I to notice it happening to allot of the same year make and model as mine.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 152016

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 525xi. While an occupant was seated in the front passenger seat the air bag and seat belt warning indicators illuminated, indicating that the air bags and seat belt were inoperable the dealer diagnosed that the passenger seat detection mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 300,000. Updated 03/03/17

- St. Joseph, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 072016


  • 250,000 miles


I get seat belt/airbag communication fault

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #4

May 112016


  • 40,000 miles
Seatbelt not retracting and warning light stating seatbelt and airbag may not function in crash. Initially intermittent but now steady warning lights. * extreme fading of paint on hood, roof, deck lid.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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problem #3

Apr 272015


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag and seat belt light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the technician diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 012013

525 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My BMW 525I has a passenger restraint system warning; fault in passenger restraint system effecting airbag, belt tensioner, or belt force limiter. This has caused the airbag system in the passenger side to be permanently turned off and acknowledges faults in the restraint system. I feel this is extremely unsafe for passengers in my vehicle. A mechanic has told me there is an issue with the occupant detection mat which appears defective. I observed that there has been a recall on a similar issue with the BMW vehicle (recall id 08V38400). I attempted to contact the dealership, North scottsdale BMW and BMW costumer service but both said the recall didnt involve my vehicle even though it included the same make and model with the same issue.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 072011

525 6-cyl

  • 99,500 miles
Airbag light came on dash and seat belt, when I slammed on my brakes when a dog ran in front of me while driving.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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