really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,824 miles

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2006 BMW 530 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #52

Jul 172013

530 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


My vehicle meets the criteria for BMW recall 13V564 but because the vehicle production date is 2 months outside the VIN range BMW will not correct the defect. All other criteria apply - make, model, year, etc. The passenger side front seat occupancy detection mat may fail, resulting in resulting in a deactivation of the passenger side air bag system. A warning display and issue was verified by an authorized BMW repair center. The repair has not been made.

- Pass Christian, MS, USA

problem #51

Jan 062014


  • 93,661 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that the main air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the air bag sensor control unit was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 93,661.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #50

Nov 162013

530 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I bought the car it had an oil leak, radiator leak, developed an air bag malfunction, the engine stopped running, tar is accumulating on top of the sunroof every time I open it, the heater fan makes noise, the transmission makes noise after four attempts it is still leaking oil. All of my friends who own BMW's have also had air bag malfunctions. None were part of the recall, all paid $1,300 to have it fixed. BMW should have recalled all of them. The purpose of recalling some is to avoid a total recall. They are building their cars with inferior parts so that they do not last for more than 60,0000 before major problems occur. One of my friends has spent over $10,000 on repairs to his 2004 X3.

- Huntington Station, NY, USA

problem #49

Apr 022010

530 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


There is a short in the passenger side restraint system and the air bag light goes off and on now mostly stays on and BMW sent letter in January that it would be repaired. Its now April and nothing has happened and local dealers refuse to fix without more info though they say they have the parts.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

problem #48

Mar 102014

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated with no passenger in the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 13V564000(air bags). The vehicle was not included in the recall and was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 86,600...updated 05/15/14

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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problem #47

Mar 252014

530 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
A message stating a passenger restraint malfunction keeps coming on. Did some research and it said there is a recall for my vehicle. After calling the dealing and giving him my VIN# he told me it was not covered. This seems to be a serious oversight by BMW and needs to be addressed.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #46

Nov 052013


  • 68,000 miles


I bought a used BMW from long island auto find. Before picking it up I told nick certain things needed to be done there was a drafty sound coming from the moon roof the center rims were corroded, bolts were missing from the valve cover. I was called three days in a row by nick who claimed everything was done and the car was ready to be picked up. When I got the re not only was the battery dead, nothing on my list was done! I have since had the car 5 month and I has been in the shop 5 weeks so far. Passenger side air bag malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. There was an oil leak that caused my eyes to water and leaves a funny taste in my mouth. This took three different attempts to fix. The car moves from side to side at 65 mph. The car just died while taking my wife to work. I brought it to the shop it did it on the mechanic but he could not determine the cause. He said it was safe to take to Florida which is the reason I bought it. It stalled in Florida while entering an intersection then again in Delaware at 3:30 in the morning and 13 degrees! and again on the bqe as three lanes of traffic merged into one.I have 2 friends with the same car they were charged $1300 to fix the "air bag malfunction"everyone should be reimbursed. I am told the gaskets become brittle and leak. All of these issue's should be part of a recall.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #45

Feb 282014

530 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the air bag sensor would not shut off. The air bag light sensor remained illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the mat sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure several times but did not provide a remedy for the failure. The contact was told by the dealer that the repair was covered under a recall and later stated that the production date of the vehicle was not included. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V564000 (air bags) but experienced the same failure. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10000. Updated 04-23-14

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #44

Nov 262012

530 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
One day while driving, my car had an alert come on the I drive saying the passenger restraint system was malfunctioning. It stayed on a few months and then went away for a few months. Now the problem is occurring again.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #43

Jul 252013

530 6-cyl

  • 83,343 miles
Warning sensor for passenger seat belt not active would start showing on my dash and upper console last year. Received letter in Jan 2014 about possible recall in the future campaign 13V-564. Today is March 08,2014 after being diverted several times during phone calls, I demanded if they can review my warnings in my dash board but to scan the car for any problems it would be a charged of $140. Fields BMW at winter park fl, said that in order for the service to be free of charge, I would have to wait until I get the letter that states a formal recall needs to be performed. I have a family of four and even thought the warning does not come on often, I still have worries that if in case of an accident the airbags or the seat belt won't work. I don't have the luxury to use multiple cars where ever I go with my kids. I purchased a sound car and I would like the peace of mind that the airbags and seat belts will protect anyone in the passenger and rear seats at time of need. I am afraid that we are waiting for a tragedy to happen before an actual recall is performed.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #42

Dec 062013


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530I. The contact stated while driving various speeds the brake pedal extended all the way down to the floor and there was a delay when the brake pedal was engaged. The contact also stated that when he turned the heat on he smelled a burning odor in the seats. The air bag light sensor illuminated whenever the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle had been taken to the dealer and stated that there was no recall for his vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #41

Nov 292013

530 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I own BMW 530xi, I have problem with the passenger air bag, light still on all time. I checked in the web side BMW have recall for this issue, but I contact BMW ask me for the VIN #,I giving all number, but later they said to me my car not qualify for this issue I don't know why my car not qualify for this issue, I do not paid $ 1000, for this.... let's BMW do this... thanks...

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #40

Dec 142011

530 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Ref NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 while my vehicle is the same model year, model and specification listed in the recall, my vehicle's VIN is not "included" in the list of recalled vehicles. I have and am currently experiencing this exact seat sensor mat problem. BMW is unwilling to cover any warranty work as the specific VIN is apparently not affected despite the fact that clearly it is. I am concerned about the safety of the occupants of my vehicle based on the unreliability of this component and feel the recall should be expanded to include all vehicles that experience the same problem.

- Ogdensburg, NY, USA

problem #39

Jan 182013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW M5. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #38

Aug 012013

530 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 142,000. Updated 12/30/13

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #37

Oct 142013

530 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The car was going at 20mph on a rainy day, all of a sudden it started to spin, after a couple of 360 degree turn it hit a pole and came to a halt. Airbags and side curtain bags deployed with driver side airbag popped into pieces. Driver has a minor injury to right hand.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #36

Sep 092013


  • 142,000 miles
My BMW 525I just received a passenger restraint failure error. I saw online where there is an active recall for this matter. Yet, when I contacted the dealer and BMW usa, I was told the vehicle wasn't covered based on the VIN number.this is not acceptable! my family is at stake here! the lives of myself and anyone I carry as a passenger risk harm. I ask that this be reviewed for it is a known flaw with this vehicle. Please contact me at [xxx] or phone at [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #35

May 012013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530I. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the air bag and safety restraint lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated the passenger restraint sensor needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 192013

530 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
My girlfriend got into the passenger side of my BMW and as I took off, a warning code came over my idrive screen stating that my passenger restraint was causing the passenger airbag to malfunction. I noticed at that same time that my airbag and restraint light were on in the dash board.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #33

Aug 282009

530 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My vehicle, a 2006 BMW 530I showed a message on the display menu stating that I had an issue with "the restraint system". it stated that in the even of an accident, my airbags will not deploy. I am concerned with this issue as it is safety related. BMW took care of it in 2009, and I recall the service advisor stating that the mat was "patched up", never replaced. But did mention that if I had any issues with this system, that I had a 10year warranty with no limit on miles as it is a safety recall. Today, I've experienced the same issue yet again. Seems like it was a temporary fix. I contacted my local dealer, and they stated that because my vehicle has a salvage title, I have no warranty. I don't understand why they tried to fix the issue initially, then decline the promised warranty (which I have a letter for). Any help to resolve my issue would be greatly appreciated. Best regards.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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