BMW has announced a voluntary safety recall of certain 2011 model year X3 SUVs. Approximately 50 units are affected, and all were built between April 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011. Due to a supplier calibration error, the control module for the electric power steering may malfunction, resulting in a loss of power steering and a corresponding dashboard warning light. Loss of power steering will substantially increase steering effort, potentially leading to a loss of vehicle control. BMW is unaware of any accidents or injuries relating to this defect.
A separate recall for an unrelated power steering issue on the BMW X5 xDrive35d was announced last week.
The recall will begin later this month, and BMW dealers will replace the electric power steering unit of affected vehicles at no charge. Owners will be notified by first class mail, but those with questions or concerns can reach BMW’s customer service at (800) 525-7417. Vehicle owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.