definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,500 miles

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2005 BMW 530 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012012

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the front passenger seat air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the passenger seat air bag sensor mat was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (front passenger seat occupant detection mat). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 71,000. Updated 8/27/14 updated 09/8/2014

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 152011

530 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 530I. While parked, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the front passenger side air bag sensor occupancy detection mat would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 04/18/12 the consumer referenced rcall # 08V384000 in his complaint. Updated 04/23/12

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 102007


  • miles
Passenger air bag sensor is defective, since is costs %1500 dollars to replace sensor I cannot afford to do this. I was also told it defaults in the do not fire mode which again is stupid.

- Delafield, WI, USA

problem #1

May 262005

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2005 BMW 530I in January of 2005. A few months later, I noticed that the "passenger air bag off" light would illuminate when a passenger of the correct height and weight requirement would be seated in the car. I took the car into irvine BMW and explained the problem. The vehicle has since been in four times for this issue (3 times according to the dealership because they combined invoices). On one occasion (when I picked up my car) a BMW service technician told me, "even if the light is on and there is a passenger in the vehicle, don't worry about it, the airbags will most likely go off anyway." (clearly, this type of comment leads me to believe that BMW lacks serious concern for the safety of their clients). I have contacted BMW of North America on several occasions, they finally got involved on the fourth service attempt in which they claim to have replaced the passenger sensory mat with an "old-style mat." Now the light does not activate at all, which leads me to believe that they have disconnected the light. I have been told by another BMW dealership that the computer is clearly not reading whether or not a passenger is in the car, and that it is a serious safety issue; and that if the airbag system is malfunctioning, the driver's side airbags may not go off as well (in an accident). I have requested that I be given a new vehicle of equal value, but my requests have been denied. BMW seems to expect me to continue using an un-safe lemon, placing myself as well as my passengers in danger. I have since contacted a lemon-law attorney, but I feel as though this serious safety issue should be brought to the attention of the public.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

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