hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,132 miles

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2008 BMW X5 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 092015

X5 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles


BMW passenger seat airbag/seat restraint system has a malfunction. The system says there is a problem with the passenger seat and/or airbag restraint system or seatbelt or belt tensioners. There is a red light on the dash indicating failure of the system. This light comes and goes. Sometimes the light comes on even when no one is in the seat. I've googled this and it seems a lot of people are having the same issue with this. I'm not sure if the airbag is really effected or if it is a sensor malfunction. I see there are similar complaints listed here for this same issue.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 102014

X5 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
My son lean forward and turned left to grab an item from my daughter in the back seat. All of the sudden the passenger safety restraint system malfunction light came on. Now it comes on continuously when a front seat passenger moves slightly. I researched online and noted that recall has been done for numerous BMW cars, but just not my year model. I believe this is manufacture defect and they should fix it.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 052014

X5 8-cyl

  • 76,660 miles
I get the seat belt on light and something similar to that but with the airbag light on. This is only on the front passenger side. No passenger but light is on with the chime as well.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #2

May 222014

X5 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
When a people seat on the passenger seat, the light "airbag of the passenger seat is off" is on. And the led panel shows "restrain system malfunction". I get my car checked at the dealership, they said this is due to the fault of the sensor in the seat and will make the airbag not deploy in an accident. Actually, this problem has been there for a while but only happen occasionally (one time a month), and can be solved by change sitting position a little bit. When I checked in the service, nothing wrong was found. He said the same problem exists in older models (e.g. 2005, 2006), which are in the recall list of BMW. But mine is not in and I need to pay $1400 to get it repaired. I think this is a really important issue since it disables the airbag, which is the most important safety equipment. My car is in a very good condition and serviced regularly. There is no reason it faults in such a low mileage and age. Many users in the BMW forum has the same issue, but is under risk or got to pay for the repair. I hope BMW can take care of this issue to recall the cars that are potentially in risk.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012012


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that while parked the passenger restrain system error message illuminated on the instrument panel. The error message illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

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