hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,375 miles

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2008 BMW 750 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW 750 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 062015


  • 94,000 miles


Passenger restraint warning - apparently the passenger seat sensor has failed and the passenger airbags have been automatically disabled. A quick search shows that this seems to be a fairly common problem with BMW passenger seat sensors. There was even a recall for the issue, but the dealer claims my 2008 BMW 750li wasn't included in the recall (only 2006-2007 BMW 750li's). This car was built using the same parts. Shouldn't it be included in the recall list? apparently the problem is so common that people are building "sensor bypass" devices and selling them on amazon/ebay to place the passenger airbags into "always on" mode. This kluge doesn't sound like a very safe solution, since small children could be injured by the airbag system if it deployed unnecessarily. Dealer has quoted nearly $1,400 for a fix. Bypass solution less than $100. Seems one has to choose between relative safety or not blowing the savings fund. All to repair an obvious design flaw.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012014


  • 48,750 miles
I started my car in the morning and there was a yellow "air-bag" indicator on my dashboard with a message "driver restraint system fault". it wasn't there the night before. Couple of days later, I took the car to dealer and they diagnosed that "driver seat mat sensor and control box" failed and needed to be replaced for $1,237. BMW had a recall on seat mat sensor on prior year models and now its occurring in other year models as well.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 152014

750 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
While driving with my wife, I received an on-board light and symbol indicator. Stating that the passenger side airbag and restraint system failure. This is the very same sensor the (OC3 pass side matt) that was recalled in 2006 and 2007 models that had the OC3 sensor.

- Laurel Springs, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 302014

750 8-cyl

  • 50,500 miles


My car has had the air bag light on several times and the dealer would just reset the light as the car was still in warranty, once the warranty expired they are telling me that there is a short and they need to replace the airbag and the detection mat. This issue was there on 2006 and 2007, 750I models and there was a recall NHTSA campaign id number: 13V564000. Now the dealer wants me to pay them $165 to look at the car and $1500 to fix the problem else risk the airbags not getting deployed in event of crash. I am sure this issue could have been fixed in warranty but was not on purpose. This issue is with this type of car and NHTSA should evaluate this model for this issue as there are much older cars which never get this type of issue ever and whereas my airbag light has been going on every 2 months and they kept resetting the sensor.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 022014

750 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The very same issue that BMW has recalled their 2006 - 2007 7 series is affecting my 2008 7 series and BMW is refusing the fix the issue. brandilawblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/BMW-recall.pdf the front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure. Consequence: Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bags would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury. NHTSA campaign number: 13V-564 components: Air bags air bags:frontal:sensor/control module.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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problem #1

Nov 052012

750 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Passenger detection mat faulty causing the passenger-side airbag to deactivate and the airbag warning light to illuminate. In 2008 these detection mats were recalled for BMW 7-series through 2006 however they were not recalled on 2008 models. Dealer requires $1.3K to repair.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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