Westwood, N.J. – July 3, 2018 – BMW of North America has recalled more than 50 vehicles potentially equipped with defective steering wheels, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The campaign affects 2018-2019 BMW X-3 xDrive30i, sDrive30i and M40i sport utility vehicles produced between April 26, 2018, and May 2, 2018. The German automaker suspects one-quarter of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.
Affected models feature steering wheels with defective Active Lane Keeping Assistant sensors. In the event that these sensors fail, drivers may not be alerted when the steering wheel is unattended, increasing the likelihood of a collision. However, BMW has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic parts to any accidents or injuries.
Timeline of Events
On April 30, 2018, BMW’s steering wheel supplier reported that some previously installed assemblies may not have Active Lane Keeping Assistant functionality. Specifically, the sensors installed in the wheels were deemed incompatible with this advanced feature. The car company immediately initiated an engineering, during which time technicians performed field tests and confirmed the suppliers’ suspicions.
Following these findings, BMW reviewed its production records and cross-checked them with data from the parts vendor to determine the breadth of the issue. Then, on May 30, 2018, quality assurance personnel reviewed the matter and called for a voluntary safety recall.
BMW notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 6, 2018.
The automaker has directed dealers to inspect and, if necessary, replace the steering wheels in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. BMW intends to notify owners via first-class mail July 23, 2018. Those in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall campaign can speak with BMW customer service by calling (800) 525-7417. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.