2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i: Recall Alert

January 27, 2012

BMW is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model-year X5 xDrive35i SUVs over concerns about a potential flaw in the automatic transmission’s parking lock.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) site lists the number of potential affected units at six. Affected vehicles were manufactured during a three-day period from December 19, 2011 through December 21, 2011.

At issue is the automatic transmission’s parking lock. Documentation from BMW indicates that surface machining of the transmission housing by the supplier was not to specification. As a result, increased friction can occur between the transmission housing and the parking lock pawl. Should this happen, the transmission parking lock could exhibit sporadic non-engagement, even if the “P” position has been selected by the driver and displays. After parking, vehicle rollaway could occur if the driver does not also engage the parking brake.

The company said that they were notified by the supplier of a possible component manufacturing error on December 23, 2011. BMW issued a delivery stop and determined that three vehicles had been shipped to dealers and three had been delivered to customers. The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will replace the automatic transmission free of charge. The BMW safety recall is expected to begin during January 2012.

In the meantime, owners of the big BMW ute with any questions or concerns may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V019000.

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