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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.
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.