I do not have the airbag light go on on the dash itself. You will find a tab that comes with it; break this off by bending it. Reset the airbag light and make sure that it disappeared from the dashboard. As in someone sitting in it just briefly. When you hit something at high speed, your car will start to decelerate, and this will activate an accelerometer that triggers the airbag circuit. i have read some where on the fourm that the one under the pass. This gas floods the airbag and causes it to expand; hence, protecting the driver from injuries by occupying the steering wheel and at times the side. Anyway I checked the voltage on my battery (original BMW battery - and it registered 11.7 volts. It takes about 15 -30 minutes after you trun off the vehicle and restart it for it to take place. some times it is best to take it to a car electrical specialist. Bottom line: have the system professionally checked. Put it back on, the airbag light should go off after module start-up testing. The airbag circuit has a heating element that is activated through an electric current. On my 2001 BMW Z3 i had the light staying on after the regular start up cycle. Not sure why BMW has not recalled this yet, as they have a recall for the same failure on the passenger side. The center screws also hold the airbag in place. If it is faulty, you will need to reset the airbag light without a scanner. Next, loosen the steering nuts using a breaker bar.
The sensor detects whether someone is sitting on the passenger seat and enables the airbag if someone is sitting there and disables if not. There comes a time when you just have to jump up on stage and take your solo! If your airbag light doesn't reset itself, I would try a battery reset. Clicking this will make more experts see the question and we will remind you when it gets answered. I filed a complaint with Odi.nhtsa.dot.gov to see if BMW will issue the same recall for the drivers side. but here r two things you can try, dissconnect the battery for 5 mins. some time a sensor will go bad, such as seat belt, we had to replace these before after a car was werck, and replacing the main mod. What do you suggest to check further to find the reason of the problem. Often the airbag light will go away by itself after repairing the problem. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of BMW X5 based on all problems reported for the X5. i wish every ine here woukd realize that the dealer isn't the only one who can fix a car. Pull it back and forth because the steering wheel could be strongly attached to the steering shaft.