BMW Recalls 2019 X5 xDrive40i and xDrive50i Vehicles For Seat Belt Issue

 

Laguna Hills, CA – March 22, 2019 – BMW of North America is recalling certain 2019 X5 xDrive40i and xDrive50i vehicles. The driver’s seat and/or seat belt bolts may not have been properly tightened, increasing the risk of injury to the driver if an accident were to occur. As many as 68 vehicles may be affected by this issue.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the attachment bolts for the driver’s seat and/or seat belt may not have been properly tightened. A possible sign of this problem is a rattling noise noticeable near the bottom of the seat. The improperly tightened bolts can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Timeline of Events

The first report of this issue occurred Jan. 16, 2019 during vehicle assembly, when a rattling noise was noticed from the area near the attachment point of the driver’s safety belt. Preliminary analysis by BMW suggested that the bolt used to secure the seat belt to the vehicle was inserted, but had not been tightened to specifications. Production was then halted at the assembly plant for all vehicles potentially affected by this problem.

Bolt tightening data from production and quality systems was reviewed for all vehicles from start of production to the point at which assembly was halted. During this review, quality control analysts also found that attachment bolts for the driver’s seat may not have been tightened to specifications.

Following review of production records to determine the number and production range of potentially affected vehicles, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall Feb. 6, 2019. The records showed that potentially affected vehicles were produced from Oct. 20 to Dec. 15, 2018.

The automaker has not received any reports, nor is BMW otherwise aware of, any accidents or injuries relating to this issue.

The Solution

The recall will begin April 5. BMW will notify owners, telling them to take their vehicle to an authorized BMW center for an inspection of the attachment bolts for the driver’s seat and seat belt. In the event of loose bolts, these will then be tightened to specification, free of charge. If this condition were to occur in a potentially affected vehicle prior to the recall, the repair would be covered by the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty program.

Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V096000.

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BMW Recalls More Than 80,000 2007-2013 Vehicles Due to Takata Airbags

 

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – February 25, 2019 – BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M vehicles, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M vehicles, 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d vehicles and 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles as part of the larger Takata airbag recall, which spans decades of vehicles across multiple manufacturers.  The potential number of units affected is 83,016.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these vehicles are equipped with specific Takata-manufactured air bag inflators as part of their passenger frontal air bag modules. These non-desiccated propellant filled inflator types may have been original equipment or used as replacements.

Due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling, these inflators can become unstable and may explode in the event of a crash that triggers the deployment of the passenger frontal air bag. In the case of an inflator explosion, sharp metal fragments can fly out of the inflator, striking the driver or other occupants and potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Timeline of Events

Based upon Takata DIRs that were filed with the NHTSA Jan. 2, 2019, BMW vehicle assembly records were subsequently reviewed to determine what an appropriate potentially affected vehicle population would be, and made the following determination based on recall component differentiation to non-recall component: The recalled component contains a specific non-desiccated ammonium nitrate as the gas generator but the newer remedy part does not.

Propellant wafers in some of the subject inflators degrade over time, which could potentially lead to a violent explosion with flying metal shards in the event of air bag deployment. The potential for such an event occurs in some of the subject inflators after several years of exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity or temperature.

Other factors, such as specific vehicle environment, the inflator and propellant configuration, and manufacturing variability, can also influence the likelihood of an event. Vehicles from southern and coastal areas of the U.S. appear to be more likely to have experienced this degradation. In the face of the latest information from Takata, BMW voluntarily choose to conduct a safety recall to replace the frontal air bags on the affected vehicles. This decision came to pass solely on the basis of information provided by Takata. BMW is unaware of any injuries arising from this issue at the time of the report.

The Solution

Recall notification to owners is planned to begin and end March 4, 2019. The passenger’s front air bag module will be replaced. Owners will be notified by first class mail and instructed to take their vehicle to an authorized BMW center to have the remedy performed for free. Owners who have replaced the air bag module at their own expense prior to the recall notification may be eligible for reimbursement according to the automaker’s reimbursement plan.  Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V017000.

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BMW recalls 2016 M3 and M4 over drive shaft issue

 

Munich – Jan. 31, 2019 – BMW has issued a recall for its M3 and M4 models, to counter a potentially dangerous fault within the vehicles’ drive shafts. According to a company statement reported by Car Advice, the vehicles requiring inspection and repair were sold in Australia and noted by that country’s product safety monitor. The organization with recall authority in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has been inactive for much of January due to the government’s funding shutdown, thus making it unclear if a similar recall will affect U.S. BMW owners.

The vehicles involved are all sedans from the 2016 model year. The M3, M4 and M4 convertible are all affected by the recall and according to the announcement, these vehicles exist in very small quantities in Australia. With 97 vehicles affected, the M3 is the most popular of the three types. There are 71 of the hardtop M4, with only 10 of the convertible M4 recorded.

The process of recalling the vehicles shows that automakers follow procedure even when the number of cars in question is relatively small in a particular territory. Recent actions by specialist carmakers such as Maserati show attention being paid to models that were not made or exported in mass quantities.

The Defect

According to the company’s announcement, the potentially dangerous problem leading to the recent action is located within the affected vehicles’ drive shafts. The shafts on these cars are made of carbon fiber and contain two internal components – the three-hole flange and the pushing piece. The company questioned whether the pieces within the drive shaft will hold up over time and usage over the lifespan of the cars. If these parts were not made with “sufficient long-term durability”, the pushing piece could end up pulled out of the drive shaft, limiting the vehicle’s torque to the rear wheels. Such a lack of torque may may increase the risk of a collision, leading to the necessity of a recall.

Timeline of Events

The announcement from BMW did not clarify several pieces of information about the recall underway, such as how it was discovered or when. The vehicles involved all originate from the 2016 model years, but the notice was not issued until late January 2019. The press materials did not mention whether the fault was discovered as part of an inspection, due to an actual incident on the road or in a laboratory test. Furthermore, no connection to cars from outside of the Australian market was discussed.

The Solution

The statement announcing the recall was similarly quiet about what exactly the fix to the problem will entail. Drivers were urged by Car Advice to get in touch with their respective BMW dealers and receive repairs for the drive shaft free of charge. Due to the nature of the problem, with parts potentially not tough enough to stand up to long-term use, it appears likely those component will be replaced with stronger replacement parts, thus making the drive shaft safe for continued use, no matter how long the sedans are on the road.

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BMW Recalls nearly 45,000 Vehicles Due to a Potential Coolant Leak

Laguna Hills, CA – November 7, 2018 – BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive, 2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, 2014-2016 535d and 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SAV and 2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SAV vehicles equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. If the EGR cooler leaks internally, the coolant can mix with diesel engine soot. The high EGR temperatures may result in these particles possibly smoldering and melting the intake manifold, which can increase the risk of a fire.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, approximately 12,781 Model Year 2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive Diesel engine vehicles were equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module that featured an integrated cooling component (“cooler”). Over time, this component could start to internally leak glycol coolant, because the recall component was not produced with sufficient long-term durability characteristics. During vehicle operation, if an internal coolant leak began inside the EGR cooler, the fluid could mix with normal diesel engine soot/sediment. This combination in the engine environment with high temperatures normally present might result in smoldering particles, which in very rare cases could lead to the melting of the intake manifold. In extreme cases, this could result in a possible fire. During vehicle operation, the driver may be alerted to this condition by one or more of the following: A warning symbol in the instrument cluster displaying a loss of engine coolant, a reduction in engine power, an unpleasant odor (exhaust gas), an unusual noise from the engine compartment, and/or smoke from the engine compartment.

Timeline of Events

On July 26, 2018, BMW submitted the required Part 579 report, to which NHTSA assigned “18F-137” as the Foreign Recall ID after BMW became aware of an issue in the Korean market. On September 5, 2018, BMW met with NHTSA to explain EGR system differences between vehicles in the U.S. market and vehicles in other markets. BMW provided a summary of U.S. field data including warranty claims, consumer complaints, and field reports which indicated coolant leak warnings, drivability concerns, or damage to the intake manifold. BMW also stated that it would continue to closely monitor the field. In October 2018, further in-depth analyses indicated that it was possible that one incident could be attributed to this issue. BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall although at the time of the report, BMW was unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

Owners will be notified by First Class mail and instructed to take their vehicle to an authorized BMW center to have the remedy performed at no cost. The EGR cooler will be inspected and, if necessary, replaced free of charge. If it is determined that the EGR cooler has internally leaked, the engine intake manifold will also be replaced. The EGR pipe connecting the cooler to the manifold will be cleaned. Owners who have replaced the EGR cooler at their own expense prior to the recall notification may be eligible for reimbursement according to BMW Group’s reimbursement plan. Notification to owners is planned to begin and end on December 17, 2018. Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-755.

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2016-2017 BMW M3, M4: Recall Alert

2016-2017 BMW M3, M4: Recall Alert

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BMW Recalls Over 100 Vehicles for Improperly Hardened Control Arm

Laguna Hills, CA – October 25, 2018 – BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2019 BMW X6 sDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles. Approximately 108 vehicles are suspected to have been manufactured with rear upper control arms that possibly have not been produced by the suppliers to acceptable specifications. This recall affects several different BMW models, and units recalled were produced between September 10 and September 20, 2018.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, certain BMW vehicles may have been produced with a faulty part. The rear upper control arm’s pivot bolt may not have been properly hardened during supplier production, due to a failure in the production process. An arm that was not produced to specifications could break, which could then affect vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

On September 12, 2018, several damaged control arms were noticed during vehicle assembly. The supplier was contacted, who was able to determine that certain rear upper control arms may not have been properly hardened, and identify all potentially affected parts to generate a list that was the matched with vehicle assembly records. Approximately 108 vehicles were identified, and on September 21, 2018, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall. BMW has not received any reports of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

Owners will be notified by First Class mail and instructed to take their vehicle to an authorized BMW center to have both rear upper control arms replaced for free. As affected vehicles are covered by the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty program, there is no need for owners to cover the cost and no need for a reimbursement program. Notification to owners is planned to begin and end on November 12. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V680000.

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2019 BMW X6, X6 M: Recall Alert

2019 BMW X6, X6 M: Recall Alert

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BMW Recalls More Than 2500 Vehicles for Defective Driveshaft Flanges

Laguna Hills, CA – October 19, 2018 – BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2016-2017 BMW M3 Sedans, 2016-2017 BMW M4 and M4 GTS Coupes and 2017 BMW M4 Convertible vehicles due to potential driveshaft failure. The potential number of units affected by this recall is 2,661.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, this safety recall involves an integral flange located in the driveshaft, which has insufficient long-term durability. Due to this defect, the connection between the driveshaft and the flange may loosen over time, to the point of separating completely.

Loss of connection between the driveshaft and the flange means that, then drive torque may no longer be transmitted to the rear wheels. Lack of drive torque results in a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash. The driver may be alerted by noise and/or vibration from underneath the vehicle, which may increase over time and indicates the need to take the car to a dealership.

Timeline of Events

On July 9, 2018, BMW was informed of field incidents involving the driveshaft of M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles reported hearing noise, noticing vibration, and, in some cases, experiencing a loss of power. BMW subsequently requested the drive shafts in order to carry out comprehensive inspection and analysis, considering factors such as vehicle age and mileage, engine power / torque, and operating and environmental conditions.

By late August, preliminary analyses suggested the integral driveshaft flange was the faulty part, and in September, further in-depth analyses were conducted taking into account vehicle construction, engine type, driveshaft design/build configuration history, and drive train geometry. Once individual case assessments were completed, these engineering analyses concluded that the integral flange may not have been produced with sufficient long-term durability characteristics during a specific production period, and separation from the drive shaft was a risk.

Driveshaft production records and vehicle manufacturing information were utilized to identify the quantity and production date range of potentially affected vehicles, and on October 4, 2018, BMW issued a voluntary safety recall. BMW has not received any reports or been made aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

The drive shaft, containing the integral flange, will be replaced. Owners will be notified by First Class mail and instructed to take their vehicle to an authorized BMW center to have the drive shaft replaced at no charge. This process typically takes several hours. Owners who have replaced the drive shaft at their own expense prior to the recall notification may be eligible for reimbursement according to BMW Group’s reimbursement plan. The recall is expected to begin December 3, 2018; owners will be notified and advised whether or not their local dealership has available parts for the repair. If not, a second letter will advise owners when parts become  Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-713.

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2018 BMW M5: Recall Alert

2018 BMW M5: Recall Alert

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