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2009 BMW X3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 072015


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NHTSA investigations PE07045 and EA08001 determined micro-cracks could develop in the side flanks of the front occupancy sensor mat causing a broken circuit and deactivation of the passenger air bag and the illumination of both the air bag warning light and the passenger air bag light. When both of the lights are illuminated, the passenger frontal air bag will not deploy in a frontal crash. NHTSA recall campaign number 08V384000 was issued however only covers model years 2004-2006 of the BMW X3 sav. Request NHTSA conduct further investigations to expand the existing recall to cover all 2004-2009 model years of the first generation BMW X3 sav which many owners online can concur exhibit the same symptoms of this serious manufacturing defect that poses a severe safety risk.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 032016

X3 6-cyl

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S10 appropriate handling- copy of a letter to president and CEO of BMW of North America ludwig weillisch regarding the availability of the safety parts needed for the airbags on his vehicles. The consumer stated he and his family own three BMW's that are all affected by the recall.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012016

X3 6-cyl

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2009 BMW X3. Consumer writes in regards to replacement parts not available to repair driver front air bag module recall notice. The consumer stated the air bag light has been on for the last 2-3 years.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 022016


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Takata recall BMW not offering loaner program and also no date available for drivers front airbag parts even though original recall notice was March 2016.

- Princton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 292016


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"takata recall" I have been notified of a recall. However, five months later BMW has not replaced the air bag. This is a danger to me and my passengers. What is NHTSA doing about this?

- Arlington, VA, USA

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problem #2

Apr 112016


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Takata recall - I received a recall notice from BMW, call the local dealer, have been placed on a waiting list because they do not have parts. I am concern that if the air bag inflates there is a risk of death because of what has happen with other vehicles effect by this recall.

- Churchville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 252016


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There is an active recall campaign 08V-384 for defective front passenger airbags that will not deploy and protect the passenger occupant in the event of a severe accident. The active recall campaign which is extended for 10 years only covers model years 2004-2006 of the BMW X3 despite the first generation of the vehicle being produced from 2003 - 2010 and vehicles from all other years exhibiting the same symptoms. For instance my own vehicle is model year 2009 and exhibits all symptoms of the air bag issue as described in the recall campaign notice however I have no matter of recourse and have been unable to petition the dealership or BMW North America llc to remedy the issue as they have refused citing the recall campaign makes them liable only for those specific model years which is ridiculous since this is a serious safety issue and is not receiving as much attention due to the massive takata recall. I would like to petition the NHTSA to have BMW expand the airbag recall campaign to cover additional model years of the same production generation of the X3.

- Olney, MD, USA

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