really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,823 miles

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2007 BMW 550 seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 BMW 550 Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 022014

550 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


Sensor and control module flaw.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 142013

550 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 550I. The contact stated the front passenger side air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The manufacturer was not contacted. There was no diagnosis completed on the vehicle. The failure mileage 76,000 and the current mileage was 87,000...updated 08/11/14

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #11

Apr 102013


  • 73,201 miles
I recently contacted my local BMW of honolulu dealership (808) 597-1225, inquiring the recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000. I was informed solely based on my VIN number, I'm not eligible for repair, even though my airbag warning light is on. How can this be justified" my safety and my families safety is on the line, but because a number, I'm not covered" on top of this issue, I will be shipping my vehicle, but the local shipping company will not ship any vehicle that has warning lights on unless it can be verified by a certified mechanic that the car is safe to drive. Please advice me on what I can do.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #10

Jan 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 BMW 5 series. The contact stated that she received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 13V5640200 (air bags). The dealer informed contact that the part was unavailable for the repair. The manufacturer was not notified about the part being unavailable. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #9

May 202014


  • 76,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 550I. The contact stated while starting the ignition, the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 13V564000 (air bags) but the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 76,400.

- Westwood , MA, USA

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problem #8

May 132014

550 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I had an on & off issue since last week of this year about the airbag & seatbelt warning being illuminated on the dashboard & overhead console of my 2007 BMW 530 xi. It will stay on for a while as I start the car but will turn off by itself after driving a few miles. Now since last week the warning light stays on. The idrive screen shows " pass. Restraints system fault in passenger-restraints system affecting the airbag, belt tensioner or belt-force limiter. Continue to wear the seatbelt. Have the system checked by BMW service center". I did some research online about this issue & found out that there is recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000. I called BMW of tenafly and informed them about the issue I'm having on my vehicle but I was told that the VIN# of my car is not associated with the recall even though it falls into the same category of make, model & year of vehicles being recalled with the same problem. This is a very serious defect and definitely a safety concern that needs to be addressed.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 172013


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 BMW 550I. The contact stated the seat belt warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the occupant detection mat would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 550I. The contact stated that the driver and passenger's side headlight wires were melted. There was also an intermittent tail light malfunction warning message. The contact inspected the tail lights and noticed they were illuminating properly. Additionally, the passenger's side restraint warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 232013

550 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The passenger seat belt warning comes on saying the air bag is in defect, the seat belt is not working but wear seat belt for safety anyway. My car is a 2007 model that was not included in the recall but I am concerned that it was made with defective faults, since there is not enough complaints about them it was not included in the recall. It could have been a broader recall than they thought!! my car is in the shop right now for repairs.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 132012

550 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Idrive displays seat belt and airbag warning on passenger front seat when occupied by passenger.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012012

550 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Vehicle keeps saying passenger restraint malfunction. Passenger air bag will not deploy in an event of an accident. There was a recall for the year 2004-2006 models, for the same reason (passenger restraint malfunction). The recall does not cover the 2007, 2008, 2009 model. The car has never been in an accident, and I feel like if it does, my passenger air bag should deploy when there is a body occupying that seat. The car says the passenger air bag will not deploy when an accident occurs, this is a serious defect. This should not be a problem in any vehicle, let alone a BMW.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 202011

550 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The passenger restraint airbag/seat belt warning light show up because the mat sensor under passenage seat is broken by normal use. BMW refuse to honor the free fix for this issue and wanted to charge around $1300 for the repair the safty issue.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 262006

550 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
- the contact stated that while driving ON10/26/06 in heavy traffic driving the vehicle in front sudden stop and he hit the back of the vehicle and the airbags deployed. The contact stated that the police came out to the scene, but no report was taken. The police stated that there was no damage to contact's vehicle or to the vehicle that he hit. The contact stated that the vehicle was towed to armonk garage and then to the dealership, where the vehicle was purchased. The service mechanic stated the only visible damage was that the license plate had a scratch. The service department found that the airbags went off improperl, Y and informed the contact that they would give him another vehicle without charge. The contact stated that 2 months later the manufacturer contacted the dealership and informed him that their investigation showed the airbags did deploy properly. The contact notified the insurance company, and the insurance company took care of the claim on the vehicle. The contact stated that as of today he still has not received another vehicle. He only had possession of the vehicle for 1 week and that the airbags should not have deployed with such a small impact.

- Armonk, NY, USA

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