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BMW Recalls X5 SUVs for Steering Problem

By The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — BMW is recalling about 35,000 X5 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a bolt can break and cause the loss of power-assisted steering.

The recall affects X5 xDrive 35d models with diesel engines from the 2009 through 2012 model years.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the bolt holding a belt pulley can loosen and break. If that happens the SUVs can lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

So far no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.

The trouble was discovered last year in Canada. BMW dealers will replace the bolt and tighten it to the proper specifications. They’ll also add a coating that keeps the bolts from coming lose. U.S. owners will be notified about the recall in January.


  • Jeremy

    Our 2011 BMW X5d (diesel) what was involved in a minor vehicle accident in Dec 2012 due to a sudden loss of power steering at a low speed, just months before issuing a recall for the identical problem. The vehicle still to this day has a problem with the power steering and unusual tire wear. The problem was first identified in Jun of 2012 and continually worked on until Feb 2013.

    We do have a recording of a BMW of North America Master Technician admitting to the problem that BMW refuses to correct. In fact BMW refuses to even perform work on our vehicle even though it’s advertised as “no maintenance for 4years/50,000 miles”. This is at any dealership we have gone to due to a note in the database from BMW of North America.

    Also, vehicle service history has been fraudulently erased from their database.