Recall Alert: Bad “Beemer” Airbags

August 15, 2008
By: LemonLaw

Try saying that five times fast. Ken Thomas at The Associated Press is reporting that BMW is recalling 200,000 vehicles over concerns that the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash.

Cars affected by the recall include:

  • 2006 BMW 3 series
  • 2004-2006 BMW 5 series
  • 2004-2006 X3 compact SUV

According to The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration(NHTSA), small cracks are developing in the seat detection mat. If the mat fails to recognize that a person is sitting in the passenger seat, it deactivates the airbag. Passengers have noticed that the deactivation light has come on even when someone is sitting in the seat and they brought the problem to BMW’s attention. In addition to the cars currently being recalled, NHTSA is also investigating if this problem exists in other models.

Currently, BMW has received 23, 739 warranty claims over the airbag system since early January. (A reminder–if you have been back for this problem three or more times, you may qualify for additional remedy under State Lemon Law or Federal Warranty Law, but you know that already, faithful blog reader.)

IF YOU DRIVE ONE OF THESE CARS, CONTACT YOUR DEALER TO ARRANGE FOR YOUR RECALL REPAIR ASAP. To further respond to these problems, BMW will extend the warranty to 10 years without any mileage limit on the detection mat for the following models:

  • 2006 BMW 6 series
  • 2006 BMW 3 series with standard seat
  • 2004-2005 BMW Z5 series
  • 2004-2006 BMW 7 series
  • 2006 BMW X5
  • 2004-2006 BMW 5 series with comfort seats

Under this extended warranty, the detection mat would immediately be replaced at any time through the length of the warranty at no charge to the consumer.

Remember, an airbag is a serious component which affects the use, value and safety of your car. If you are suffering any problems with your, regardless of the model, you should fight for your rights. For another great reference, check out

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2 Responses to “Recall Alert: Bad “Beemer” Airbags”

  1. #1 Zekethewonderdog says:

    Do you guys know what a Beemer is? Apparently not. I don’t know of one Beemer that has an airbag. And you guys represent the little guy against mean ole BMW?


    • #2 Admin says:

      Hi Zekethewonderdog,

      We’ve seen BMW’s called a “bimmer” or “beemer”, though “beemer” is considered a misspelling by some but sounds correct the way people use it in everyday speak – thanks for catching that. BMW has a motorcycle called the “Beemer”, is this what you’re referring to? It is so commonly used that if you search on “Beemer”, you’ll get tons of links to BMW’s site and other BMW sites that do not talk about the motorcycles. Thanks for participating though and sharing your thoughts.

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