really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,800 miles

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1997 BMW 528 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1997 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 222016


  • 144,000 miles


I backed up my car in front of my house and when I put it in park the driver door airbag deployed knocking me over, bruising my left arm and I still have ringing in my ears.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172014

528 8-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
While starting the car the drivers side air bag deployed.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #3

Jan 312006


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 BMW 528I. Upon purchasing the vehicle in January of 2006, the contact was informed of issues with the air bag sensor that had been repaired. Sometime later, the SRS air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The contact was informed that there was an issue with the seat belt system, which was related to the air bag indicator illuminating. The failure was caused by either a defect in the seat belt buckle, tensioner, control module, or wiring harness. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer for repairs. The manufacturer could not assist because there were no recalls for the failure. The air bag indicator continued to illuminate. The dealer sliced and rigged the wiring for the air bag indicator so that it would no longer illuminate. A different authorized dealer stated that the damage to the wiring would cost more to replace than the actual cost of the vehicle. The contact was concerned if the air bags would work properly at the appropriate time. The failure mileage was 62,000 and current mileage was 100,100.

- San Fransisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 272002


  • miles
I'd like to request an inspector to check on my vehicle. This is the second time I had an accident likt this but the airbag did not deploy.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #1

May 011997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag control unit out of order.

- Palos Verd, CA, USA

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