BMW has announced the recall of some of its 2012 X5 xDrive35d models, manufactured from March 31, 2011 through May 19, 2011. Some 923 of the utes may have been built with a faulty power steering belt tensioner. The welds used in forming the tensioner can crack over time, leading to a failure of the power steering belt tensioner assembly. Should this occur, the vehicle will lose power steering, greatly increasing the steering effort needed to control the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall is specific to the diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d, and no other X5 models are impacted at this time. The campaign is expected to begin before the end of the month, and BMW will notify owners by first class mail.
To remedy the problem, dealers will replace the engine belt tensioner on affected vehicles at no charge to consumers.
Owners with questions or concerns can contact BMW’s customer relations hotline at (800) 525-7417, or they may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.