2012 BMW X5, X6 SAV: Recall Alert

April 14, 2012

BMW is recalling certain 2012 model year X5 and X6 SAVs over concerns that a circuit board could overheat and cause a fire. Also included in the recall are certain 2011 model year 5 Series, 2012 model year 6 Series and 2012 model year 7 Series luxury cars.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists the total number of potential affected units at 2,846. Affected vehicles are equipped with eight- or 12-cylinder turbocharged engines.

2012 BMW X6 M

2012 BMW X6 M

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Documentation from BMW (PDF) specifies the model year/model, inclusive dates of manufacture, and approximate number of vehicles affected, as follows:

2012 BMW X5 – total 617 units

  • 2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i, April 28, 2011 through June 22, 2011
  • 2012 BMW X5 M, May 4, 2011 through July 2, 2011

2012 BMW X6 – total 223 units

  • 2012 BMW X6 xDrive50i, April 28, 2011 through June 22, 2011
  • 2012 BMW X6 M, May 4, 2011 through August 1, 2011

Other vehicles involved in the recall include approximately 408 2011 BMW 5 Series built from April 1, 2011 through May 11, 2011; 102 2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo models manufactured from April 1, 2011 through May 5, 2011; 527 2012 BMW 6 Series convertibles built from April 1, 2011 through May 11, 2011; and about 969 2012 BMW 7 Series cars manufactured from April 1, 2011 through May 10, 2011.

The problem

At issue is the auxiliary water pump on the additional production of vehicles identified above equipped with eight- and 12-cylinder engines. BMW says there was a manufacturing deviation process at the supplier for the auxiliary water pump. Such deviation could result in cracks in the pump housing, which could then allow coolant to enter the pump and contact the circuit housing.

These conditions could lead to a failure of the auxiliary water pump, causing the circuit board to overheat in some cases. Circuit board overheating could lead, in extreme cases, to smoldering in the water pump or a fire in the engine compartment or vehicle.

The automaker said it has not received any reports of and is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

What BMW will do

BMW will notify owners of vehicles involved in the safety recall and dealers will replace the auxiliary water pump at no charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2012. In the meantime, owners of 2012 BMW X5 and X6 SAVs (or the other vehicles identified in the safety recall) 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 http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V161000.

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