really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,677 miles

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2011 BMW 535 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 082017


  • 101,400 miles


The SRS passenger malfunction light is turning on. I've notified BMW and have shown them that there is an open recall on my car but they have refused to acknowledge my car has been affected.

- La Habra Heights, CA, USA

problem #4

May 222014


  • 22,000 miles
In may, 2014 I was driving at approximately 50 miles per hour on the old valdosta highway when a school bus ran a stop sign and T-boned me on the drivers side and none of the airbags deployed.

- Nashville, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012016


  • miles
2011 BMW S335I. Consumer requests permission to deactivate driver and passenger airbag modules until replacement parts become available.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #2

Nov 252014

535 6-cyl

  • 50,400 miles
Involved in an accident. Other vehicle going southbound crossed over median strip of highway, hit three cars going northbound, mine was third car to be struck. Offending car did a 360 in front of me, I slowed to about 25 and he moved into me. I struck his rear passenger side corner. I had front end damage over $5K. No airbag, but default messages and an airbag icon came on the video screen and the front instrument panel. It states "driver and passenger airbag or restraint system malfunction."

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 222014

535 6-cyl

  • 44,586 miles
I was driving at around 20 mph with a friend of mine sitting on the passenger seats and the car system tells me "passenger restraint system malfunction. Continue to wear seat belt." I checked online and its because sensors for the air bag system are malfunctioning. This has been a problem in all bmws since 2006. I read online that it reoccurs frequently and that I will have to pay at least $1200 to repair it if I am out of warranty. I will have to pay atleast $150 for diagnostics. I strongly feel I should not be the one paying for bmws mistake at any given time. BMW has recalled around 200,000 cars affected by this problem and have extended the warranty program for 10 years for the affected cars. This is a serious liability issue. Incase I am in an accident tomorrow and the air bags are not deployed, it could lead to the loss of one's life. I urge BMW to look into this issue as soon as possible. My car has never been in an accident, never in floods and neither in fire. I have absolutely no incidents with the car. I have a recall for the vanos bolts that affects the engine as well and I still have not heard from BMW. Incase the bolts go off the engine would lose power and it could lead to a unfortunate circumstance. These both issues are life threatening and needs to be fixed right away. I request you to urgently look into the matter.

- Brighton, MA, USA

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