BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Airbags

Vehicle features and options

This chapter describes all standard, country-specific and optional features offered with the series.

It also describes features and functions that are not necessarily available in your vehicle, e.g., due to the selected options or country versions. This also applies to safety-related functions and systems.

When using these functions and systems, the applicable laws and regulations must be observed.



  1. Front airbag, driver
  2. Front airbag, front passenger
  3. Head airbag
  4. Side airbag
  5. Knee airbag

Front airbags

Front airbags help protect the driver and the front passenger by responding to frontal impacts in which safety belts alone would not provide adequate protection.

Side airbag

In the event of a side impact, the side airbag protects the side of the body in the chest and lap area.

Head airbag

In the event of a side impact, the head airbag protects the head.

Ejection Mitigation

The head airbag system is designed as an ejection mitigation countermeasure to reduce the likelihood of ejections of vehicle occupants through side windows during rollovers or side impact events.

Knee airbag

The knee airbag protects the legs in the event of a frontal impact.


     Airbags- Protective effect

    General information Airbags are not triggered in every impact situation, e.g., in less severe accidents. Information on optimum effect of the airbags Warning If the seat position is incorrect or the

     Automatic deactivation of the front-seat passenger airbags

    Concept The system reads if the front passenger seat is occupied by measuring the human body's resistance. Front, knee, and side airbag on the front passenger's side are activated or deactivated. Gen

     Intelligent Safety

    Concept Intelligent Safety enables central operation of the driver assistance systems. General information Depending on how the vehicle is equipped, Intelligent Safety consists of one or more systems


     Service Information

    Control Unit Replacement Teaching in the Luggage Compartment Lid End Stops If the luggage compartment lid lift control unit has been replaced, a new teach-in procedure will be necessary for the upper end stop. To do this, the luggage compartment lid has to be moved until obstructed by the upper st

     Principles Of Operation

    The BMW Night Vision camera is a thermal imaging camera, which converts thermal radiation into electronic signals and then into images visible to the human eye. The thermal image is converted first by the sensor into electrical signals and then with the aid of imageprocessing software into a visi

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