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BMW recalls 35,000 X5 SUVs, explains when will drivers be notified

BMW issued the recall because certain X5 SUVs may suffer from power steering assist loss due to an improperly manufactured bolt.

BMW has announced it is recalling certain model-year 2009 through 2012 X5 SUVs due to a dangerous steering fault. The recall specifically covers xDrive 35d vehicles, a model with all-wheel drive and a diesel engine. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affected models contain an incorrectly manufactured bolt, which may fail and cause loss of power steering assist. Consequently, loss of power-assisted steering may result in a crash. BMW’s recall involves 29,800 X5 SUVs in the U.S. and roughly 5,000 in Canada.

According to BMW recall notice, there have been no crashes or injuries reported in the U.S. and Canada. The luxury automaker also indicates that the problem was originally discovered in Canada during the warranty claim process. The recall states that the vehicle’s alternator warning light will illuminate in the event of power steering loss. If power assist is lose, the SUV can still be steered, but with increased effort.

BMW will begin notifying customers of the recall in January 2013. BMW dealers will replace defective bolts, free of charge. Dealers will also add a coating that helps prevent the bolts from coming lose. In the meantime BMW X5 owners can call BMW at 1-800-525-7417. Concerned customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to

In June, BMW recalled about 2,600 model-year 2012 and 2013 X5 and X6 SUVs due to a separate power steering problem. Specifically, BMW’s safety recall concerned a power steering leakage problem, which may lead to an engine compartment fire.

Aside from the aforementioned recalls, BMW has issued over 30 recalls on BMW X5 SUVs since its inception in 2000. Recalls have covered suspension issues, hydraulic brake problems, fuel pump defects, and transmission troubles. Aside from three model years, BMW has issued multiple recalls on every X5 SUV.

Introduced in 2000, the BMW X5 was the automaker’s first foray into the sport utility vehicle market. Since the, BMW has expanded its SUV lineup to include the BMW X3 compact luxury crossover and the BMW X6, a midsize coupe luxury crossover.

The current 2013 BMW X5 comes equipped with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and an inline 6-cylinder engine. The all-wheel drive SUV also touts a number of safety features including a post-collision safety system, adaptive headlights, engine immobilizer, and electric brakeforce distribution. Additionally, the 2013 X5 includes several in-car entertainment features like a diversity antenna, 10 total speakers, 2 subwoofers, Bluetooth wireless data link and BMW Assist telecommunications service.