BMW passenger restraint system malfunction warning - what does it mean?

The following message has appeared on the dashboard of my 2008 BMW 530d: "Passenger restraint system malfunction".

The seat belt and airbag warning lights are also illuminated - what should I do?

Asked on 18 May 2021 by Michael

Answered by Dan Powell
This error message indicates a fault with the airbag system. It may be a faulty module, sensor or part of the wiring. The car will not pass the MoT in its current condition. You will need to have a diagnostics check carried out to identify the relevant fault code(s).
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