really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,907 miles

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2006 BMW X5 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 012015


  • miles


When a passenger is seated in the right front seat, the airbag warning light stays on and the passenger airbag off light stays on. Also, seatbelt warning does not work for passenger or driver seat

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #7

Apr 012014

X5 8-cyl

  • 63,253 miles
Air bag signal and seat belt warning were lit on the dash, even after the passenger was out of the car. The seat belt warning chimes when passenger leaves, took it to a mechanic and he told me that the sensor needs to be replaced. Took it to BMW on 06/10/2014 they told me, there were no recalls for my car due to my VIN. Considering the fact that other vehicles are having the same problems, and are being repaired, this is very disappointing that my car can not be fixed, when this is a potentially dangerous situation.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 232014


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light continued to flash off and on when a passenger was either occupying the seat or when there was no passenger. The contact also stated that the seat belt warning chime was activated when the passenger was secured using the seat belt. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number 13V564000 (air bags). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same defect listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Eliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010

X5 6-cyl

  • miles


Since 2010, my BMW X5, 3.0, 2006 seat belt continually sounds the alarm chime even though there is no passenger in the seat. This issue only happens in the passenger front seat. The seat belt must remain fastened at all times to avoid the warning indicator from alarm.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 142009


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated the occupancy detection mat which was located in the passenger or driver seat that informs the computer that a person was in the seat failed. The failure rendered the air bags inoperable and also caused the seat belt lights to illuminate as if a person was sitting in the seat when it was unoccupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on more than one occasion and they performed a diagnostic test but the computer displayed no codes; therefore, they could not repair the failure or duplicate it. The manufacturer advised him to take the vehicle back to the dealer but they would not honor the request. The failure mileage was 38,000 the current mileage was 67,000.

- Sairless Hills, PA, USA

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problem #3

Jan 152010


  • 51,000 miles
1) cruise will not take into action when less then 15 mph--- and you have to be in accelerate to engage cruise- causes problems in school zone. Especially to set the cruise at 19mph is a challenge. 2) seat belt warning even after I have the seat belt on. And the beep comes after I drive about 2 blocks...so I have to take off the belt and put it back on.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 072009


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. While driving approximately 60 mph on normal road conditions, the passenger seat occupancy sensor and air bag warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. In addition, the seat belt system chime sensor was inoperative. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and the technician stated that the failure was contributed to the passenger seat sensor. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer has been notified of the malfunctions. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 66,000 and current mileage was 67,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 102008


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. While driving 30 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The bumper, muffler, and trunk were damaged. The driver's seat belt failed and released prematurely. The front air bags failed to deploy. The contact was uninjured. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and repaired. The contact has a copy of the police report. The manufacturer could not provide an explanation for the failures. The failure mileage was 56,000 and current mileage was 56,500.

- Annrillo, TX, USA

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