really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,987 miles

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problem #17

Oct 302011

530 6-cyl

  • 86,500 miles
A dash warning light, on my 2004 BMW 530I appeared last week while regular driving. The warning light states "malfunction with front passenger air bag, not working properly, wear seat belt and have your car serviced". I found out that there was a safety recall for the front passenger airbag malfunction in 2008. I contacted my BMW service center and they stated that my vehicle did not qualify for the repair of the default airbag because my vehicle VIN#. the safety recall is on 5 series BMW for the year 2004 and 2005. My vehicle front passenger air bag is definitely malfunctioning and all I request is for the repairs to be made at no cost to me from the BMW center. I hope that a severe incident does not have to occur before someone takes responsibility and correct what is wrong., I hope you can help me out in each and every way. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #16

Sep 012011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the front air bag light remained illuminated. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal), but the vehicle should be taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage 96,000.

- Boston , MA, USA

problem #15

Nov 082010


  • 82,000 miles
Air bags problem on the 2004 BMW 530I, it indicates passenger side air bag is not working and light come out. Year ago I got bring to dealership because of I got recall on my car.

- Carver, MN, USA

problem #14

Jun 082010


  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2004 545I and the airbag light came on. I have never had an accident or anything in this car. I took it to a local auto shop to have it diagnosed and it showed that the passenger airbag light was faulty. When I researched it on the internet, I found a recall for the passenger airbag sensor which specifically fit my 2004 545I BMW. When I called the BMW dealership they claimed that my car was not included in the recall and it would cost me about $1200 to fix! how can this be when the recall specifically fits the description of my vehicle? please help!!

- Lynden, WA, USA

problem #13

May 102010


  • 58,000 miles
I am reporting a problem with the SRS passenger restraint system of my 2004 BMW 530I. The warning light is on the instrument cluster and the message on the information screen states that there is a problem in the 'passenger restraint system'.

- Milton, GA, USA

problem #12

Jul 012009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 530I. The driver states for about 6 months he has been having air bag problems. The driver was driving at about 45mph when the air bag light came on. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for repairs and the owner was charged $100. The air bag light was turned off but it turned back on a couple days later and it has remained on. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage is 90,000.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 232009


  • 62,000 miles
I had my 2004 BMW 525I in the dealer for the air bag seat mat recall in March '09 and had no problems before with the air bag system before this recall was performed. On December 23, 2009 the vehicle was parked at a local mall while we were doing some christmas shopping. Come out from shopping and start the vehicle to find the passenger air bag off light illuminated, air bag light illuminated on cluster, and then the I-drive stated fault in passenger side air bag system. I contacted the dealer as the previous repairs were only completed 9 months and 4K miles ago, vehicle has 62K on it now. Dealer states front crash sensors are bag and the bill will be $700. The repairs required the removal of the bumper, remove and replace air bag sensors, and programming. Under the recall NHTSA states BMW will extend the warranty for 10yrs unlimited mileage, think again because I had to pay this bill out of pocket. The extended recall only covers the seat mat I'm told. I contacted BMW customer service who was no help at all with this problem. I did some investigating myself and found many complaints about the front crash sensors failing in these vehicles and wondering when this will be looked into by NHTSA? if you have experienced this same problem email me.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 142009


  • 63,000 miles
Failure of the "vehicle center satellite module".

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #9

Jan 192009


  • 85,000 miles
The problem started about half a year ago when the passenger air bag on/off lamp illuminated for a couple of minutes and then went off, all with the passenger present in the car with the seat belt on. A few days ago the air bag warning lamp and the passenger air bag on/off lamp illuminated while there was no passenger in the car. The message indicated that the air bag may not work... these symptoms look very similar to the problem identified in one of the recalls for this car; however when I called BMW, they indicated that my car is not part of this recall and I will have to pay to fix this.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 192009


  • 85,000 miles
Passenger restraint malfunction illuminated on the dash. It indicates that the seat belt lock and/or airbags may not work in an event of an accident. When I called BMW, they told me that my car is not covered under this recall and it will depend on my local dealership if I will have to pay for the repair.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 022008

530 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 5 series. The contact stated that the front passenger's side air bag sensor was defective. The air bag warning indicator displayed "passenger air bag system failure." The dealer stated that the cost to repair the failure would exceed $1,400. The failure and current mileages were less than 55,000. Updated 01/07/09. Updated 01/08/09.

- Fairfield, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 122008


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 5 series. The contact noticed a burning smell and felt something burning her leg. She sustained burns to her thigh and buttocks area due to the seat warmer. The manufacturer was unable to assist. The contact was able to locate NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) for the same year, make, and model vehicle. She also stated that the passenger side air bag was inoperable. The manufacturer advised her to expect a recall on the air bag; however, without a recall, they could not assist. The manufacturer stated that there were no open recalls based on her VIN, but NHTSA campaign id number 04V575000 (seats:front assembly:seat heater/cooler) was referenced. The failure and current mileages were less than 54,000.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 222008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the air bag indicator system is deactivated and remains illuminated. Therefore, the air bags would not deploy. The sensor underneath the passenger seat has cracks in it and needs to be replaced. The repair would cost between $1,300-$1,600. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 142005

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My BMW 530 (2004) has back seat airbags. They informed me that in the event I have an infant in the back, the air bags must be deactivated while submitting this information to you Agency. At present I have a new born baby so I need your authorization so they can proceed with the deactivation asap. Please let me know what to do in order to proceed. Cordially, ivonne arroyo.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #3

Aug 252005

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,281 miles
2004 BMW 530 I. the consumer complained about several electrical problems, such as air bag warning light coming on/windows rolling down and then malfunctioning/trunk opening, and halo lights staying on. The onstar or sos systems was not working. Took the vehicle to the dealership. The manufacturer considered this vehicle a lemon. The dealership and manufacturer were not complying with the lemon law. This process was to buy back the vehicle. They were taking too long to resolve this matter.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012004


  • miles
BMW 5 2004: When the passenger seat is vacant a warning message (that the passenger airbag is off) is continuously displayed at eye level in the roof console. This is very distracting, especially when driving at night. The message should only come on when the passenger seat is occupied and the airbag is not functioning.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 012004

530 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
BMW 545I system failure 1. braking and dynamic-response 2. passenger restraint system.

- Wilmington, DE, USA