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Old 11-27-2012, 07:06 PM
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BMW E38 Airbag code 16

Error 16 => Driverís seat belt buckle switch
I tried to do a search about this code but results were very poor. For this reason I am writing a few tips, maybe there is somebody to find this helpful. For those that are out there and experiencing the BMW code 16 for the airbag: simple fix, that worked in my case, some contact cleaner and 2 minutes of my time. I took the seat belt buckle, sprayed contact cleaner until it was full, clicked the seat belt in and out as much as I could for about 2 minutes. I used about half spray can, reset the code with INPA and no Airbag light anymore. Apparently there is a circuit board inside that gets dirty or looses contact with time and clean it solved the problem. In worst case the seat buckle has to be changed, about $125. There is a TSB about this issue which I found available here:
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