In its third recall this month, BMW is recalling a small number of 2011 model year 328i xDrive and 335i xDrive models over concerns about a problem with the front driveshaft.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 190. Affected vehicles were manufactured from February 8, 2011, through July 29, 2011.
At issue is the front driveshaft attachment bolts which may not have been tightened according to specification. The NHTSA notice says that if the bolts were not tightened to specification, they could loosen. This condition could lead to a loss of power to the front wheels and vehicle breakdown, which may result in a crash.
BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles and BMW dealers will replace the attachment bolts to the front driveshaft assembly, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011.
In the meantime, owners of 2011 BMW 328i xDrive or 335i xDrive models with any questions or concerns may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V476000.
The two prior recalls this month were for 2002-2005 BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi vehicles over potential malfunction of the rear lights and 2009 model year X5 xDrive 35d sport utility vehicles over concerns about a potentially faulty fuel-filter heater. Those safety recalls have NHTSA Campaign ID No.11V438000, and 11V441000, respectively.