definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,500 miles

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2009 BMW M3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 022016


  • miles


Takata recall - I received notice of my driver side airbag at the beginning of this year but the BMW still does not have the part. This car is my daily driver and I do not have the luxury to have a second car. I am driving a car that is putting my life at risk. BMW states they do not have enough, yet they have plenty to sell millions of new cars. I find this absolutely ridiculous! my wife's Toyota was also recalled and it took a few months to get replaced, but not BMW. I would like to suggest a change to recalls where manufactures would have to stop or reduce the production numbers of new cars for until all recalls have been satisfied for extremely dangerous recalls. Maybe then we can have manufactures take the issue seriously.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #4

Dec 092016


  • 65,000 miles
Takata recall hasn't happened. What is the problem. I guess if you wait we won't be able to complain after it kills us in an accident.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 062016


  • miles
Takata recall, replacement air bags are not available. BMW has no idea when they will be. This is not right, I should not have to drive this car with this defect.

- Sutton, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 242016


  • 47,500 miles
Takata recall hello madam/ sir, I received a safety recall notice - 16V-071 regarding faulty drivers side airbags in my 2009 BMW M3. The notice (attached) clearly states that in an event of airbag getting deployed, the airbag might explode causing serious injury or death.BMW says that they don't have any information of when new parts will be available. To avoid any potential issue of something happening, I have been renting a car for a while. I have also contacted BMW and have been unsuccessful so far to receive any help. BMW told me that BMW dealership of ann arbor will contact me for alternate transportation and then BMW of ann arbor told me that they are not supporting this recall. I have just been going back and forth with BMW and the dealership without any assistance. How am I supposed to drive a vehicle when the recall clearly states that explosion of airbag might even cause death? I can't just afford to continue renting a car. Any help from NHTSA would be greatly appreciated. I am happy to provide more information. Kind regards, abhinav jain

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 152016


  • miles
Error message: Fault in - passenger restrain system affecting airbag, belt tensioner, or belt force limiter. This is caused by fault seat mat sensor in the passenger seat, which may cause the airbag not to function properly.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

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