NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V428
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Components AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 2,158


Front Passenger Seat Occupant Detection Mat Defect

Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.



BMW of North America, Inc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, and 550i vehicles equipped with the Sport Seat option and certain 2006 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i vehicles with standard seats.

The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin September 1, 2017.

Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


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Audio, Navigation, Monitors, Alarms, SRS B65 10 17 July 2017
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E60 (5 Series) with basic seats E61 (5 Series) with basic seats E90 (3 Series) with sport seats E91 (3 Series) with sport seats



BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective July 6, 2017) on Model Year 2006 BMW 3 and 5 Series involving the front passenger air bag seat occupancy sensor mat (OC3).

Over time, due to the frequency of front passenger seat usage, the OC3 seat mat can become damaged. If this were to occur, deactivation of the front passenger airbag could result, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Approximately 2,158 vehicles are affected by this recall.

This new recall is an extension to the previous recall 13V-564.

Vehicles in dealer inventory are affected by this recall/stop.  Vehicles which are affected will show the campaign as “Open” when checked either in AIR or ISPA Next.  Once the Warranty Vehicle Inquiry system is updated on Friday, July 7, 2017, it will display the same information.  The affected vehicles will be identified with the comment:  0065980200 B651017 Recall: Do not retail or deliver.


This bulletin will be updated with Q&A, repair instructions, parts and warranty information when it becomes available.





To:  All Center Operators, Sales Managers, Service Manager, Parts Manager and Warranty Processor

RE: Recall 17V-XXX: Front Passenger Air Bag Seat Occupancy Sensor Mat B65 10 17


BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective July 6, 2017) on Model Year 2006 BMW 3 and 5 Series involving the front passenger air bag seat occupancy sensor mat (OC3).


Owners will be notified by First Class mail about the Recall and will be instructed to bring their vehicles in for a free repair when parts are available.


Please be reminded that it is a violation of federal law (The Safety Act) for you to sell, lease or deliver any new motor vehicle covered by this notification until the recall repair has been performed.  This means that centers may not legally deliver new motor vehicles to consumers until they are fixed or use/sell replacement equipment/parts subject to this recall.  Note also that substantial civil penalties apply to violations of the Safety Act. 


Also, you should not sell, lease or deliver any Certified Pre-Owned or used vehicles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed. 


Please follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.


We appreciate all your assistance with this Recall.





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