BMW X3, X4, X5, X6 recalled: over 210,000 vehicles affected

June 15, 2016

Earlier today, BMW issued two recalls affecting more than 210,000 crossovers in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one recall stems from issues with the anchor bars that hold child safety seats in place, while the other is the result of a potentially serious powertrain problem.

RECALL #1: 2011-2017 X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i; 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d; 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i, X4 xDriveM40i 

The larger of BMW's two recalls is rooted in a problem with the lower anchor bars that are used to secure child safety seats. According to NHTSA's defect bulletin, "when using the European-ISOFIX-type rigid-style connector child restraint system, the anchorage bars may become damaged during vehicle operation due to of excessive stresses." That can prevent the restraint from working as intended during a collision, increasing the risk of injury to children.

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However, the agency also notes that "systems using LATCH-type flexible-style connectors, which reflect the vast majority of child restraint systems used in the USA, do not cause this issue".

The recall is limited to vehicles manufactured during the following times:

  • 2011-2017 BMW X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, and X3 xDrive35i vehicles built between July 2, 2010 and April 14, 2016
  • 2015-2017 BMW X3 xDrive28d vehicles built between March 10, 2014 and March 31, 2016
  • 2015-2017 BMW x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i, and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles built between March3, 2014 and April 15, 2016

BMW is expected to mail recall notices to owners of those vehicles on or before July 12. Owners will be able to take their vehicles to dealerships, where a reinforcing bracket will be welded to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body.

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If you have questions, you're encouraged to contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V333000.

RECALL #2: 2011 X5 xDrive 35i, xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M; 2011 X5 xDrive35d;  2011 X6 Active Hybrid

These models are being recalled to fix a problem with the front driveshaft. As NHTSA explains:

"The affected vehicles have a front driveshaft universal joint that may not seal out water and debris from getting in and damaging the joint, which could lead to its failure.... If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash."

The recall affects vehicles built on the following dates:

  • 2011 BMW X5 xDrive 35i, xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles built between April 5, 2010 and  November 20, 2010
  • 2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel vehicles built between April 7, 2010 and November 20, 2010
  • 2011 BMW X6 Active Hybrid vehicles built between April 15, 2010 and November 17, 2010

By July 1, BMW is expected to mail recall notices to owners, instructing them to schedule repair service with their local dealerships. Dealers will replace the crossovers' front driveshaft at no charge.

If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you can call BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Alternately, you can contact NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V311000.

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