BMW Recall 2012: BMW recalls 35,000 X5 SUVs due to steering problem

By on Dec 7, 2012 in Automobile, North America, United States Comments

BMW announced a voluntary recall affecting certain model-year 2009 through 2012 X5 xDrive 35d SAV diesel SUVs due to steering problem, which may fail and cause loss of power steering assist, and may result to car crash. This latest BMW recall involves 35,000 units in the US and Canada.

2009 BMW X5

2009 BMW X5
Image Credit: BMW of North America

According to the announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its official website on Thursday, December 6, 2012, around 29,800 vehicles in the US are affected by the recall, which were manufactured from September 1, 2008, through November 15, 2012.

As noted in the report, the engine belt idler pulley bolt in the recalled BMW models could loosen and eventually break over time. if this will occur, the vehicle may lose the power assist to the steering, increasing the risk of a crash. No related accidents or injuries were reported in both territories.

In a report at the New York Times on the same day, this BMW recall in the US was triggered by the problem that originated in Canada last year, in which an investigation was conducted by Transport Canada earlier this year. BMW spokesman Matthew Russell sent an email to them, saying that he was not aware of any related accidents.

Meanwhile, BMW USA noted that they will inform affected customers starting January 2013, and that BMW dealers will replace defective bolts, without extra charge. Dealers are also being set to add a coating that will help prevent the bolts from being loosen.

For more information about this latest BMW recall, affected US costumers are being advised to call BMW at 1-800-525-7417, or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit

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