Drive Belt Tensioner May Fail
Engine, June 22, 2011
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Our Quick Take:
On vehicles equipped with a diesel engine, the drive belt tensioner may fail. This could result in a sudden loss of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
This should be considered a high priority recall. The drive belt tensioner could fail without warning. Please contact your BMW dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
On vehicles equipped with a diesel engine, the drive belt tensioner may have been manufactured incorrectly; the welds in the tensioner may crack. Over time, this could lead to failure of the tensioner. Belt tensioner failure could result in the sudden loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the engine drive belt tensioner to correct this concern. This recall is scheduled to begin during June of 2011.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
June 22, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:DIESEL
Potential Number of Units Affected:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012, X5 XDRIVE35D (DIESEL) SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLES (SAV) MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 31, 2011, THROUGH M AY 19, 2011. DUE TO A COMPONENT MANUFACTURING ERROR AT THE SUPPLIER, THE WELDS IN THE BELT TENSIONER COULD HAVE INCIPIENT CRACKS. OVER TIME, THIS COULD LEAD A MALFUNCTION OF THE BELT TENSIONER.
IF THE BELT TENSIONER FAILS, THERE COULD BE A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSISTANCE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ENGINE BELT TENSIONER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417, OR VIA EMAIL AT CUSTOMERRELATIONS@BMWUSA.COM.
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration