BMW Will Issue Two Recalls In The USA, Will Target Its Crossovers

BMW will fix 210,161 crossovers sold in the United States of America through two recall actions. The largest recall affects 188,688 vehicles, in the form of 2011-2017 BMW X3, and 2015-2017 BMW X4 crossovers.
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Meanwhile, the X5 and X6 of the 2011 model year, will face a recall affecting 21,493 cars. The X1, BMW’s smallest crossover, is the only product of its kind in the automaker’s portfolio that does not face any of the two problems.

The first recall targets the ISOFIX- compatible rigid connectors used for attaching child safety seats. According to the files submitted by BMW to the NHTSA, the connectors can damage the lower anchor bars, which could eventually fail or provide improper holding in the case of a crash.

BMW has already specified that the problem will affect European units as well. The company explained that the type of child safety seat which is fitted with ISOFIX rigid connectors is more common on the Old Continent.

For the moment, we only have information regarding the recall targeting the cars sold in the United States of America.

BMW will fix the first issue by welding a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the car’s body. Since Americans usually employ Latch connectors, more flexible than European ones, the company has had no reports of injuries or fatalities from this potential problem.

Meanwhile, the second recall announced by BMW to the NHTSA targets the X5 and X6 models. The German company has discovered it had a manufacturing error, which might lead to a failure of the seal of the front driveshaft’s U-joint. Over time, the part could allow water and dirt to get inside, which will eventually corrode the part.

In the case of the affected X5 and X6 units, the part defect could lead to the cars not being able to send power to the front wheels. However, the cars will not be stranded, as rear-wheel-drive will still be present. Only vehicles with xDrive all-wheel-drive system are affected, evidently. BMW has not announced whether it will have to replace the front driveshafts on European models as well.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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