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07/28/17 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i, x5 xdrive50i and x5m vehicles, 2009-2011 x5 xdrive35d vehicles, 2008-2011 x6 xdrive35i, x6 xdrive50i and x6 m vehicles, and 2010-2011 x6 activehybrid vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in alabama, california, florida, georgia, hawaii, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas, puerto rico, american samoa, guam, the northern mariana islands (saipan), and the u.s. virgin islands, or "zone a." additionally, unless included in "zone a" above, BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i, x5 xdrive50i and x5m vehicles, and 2008 BMW x6 xdrive35i, x6 xdrive50i and x6 m vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in arizona, arkansas, delaware, district of columbia, illinois, indiana, kansas, kentucky, maryland, missouri, nebraska, nevada, new jersey, new mexico, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia, and west virginia, or "zone b." vehicles of these model years and models that were not originally sold or ever registered in either zones a or b are not subject to this safety recall. these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or air bag module, free of charge. the recall began july 28, 2017.

05/08/17 BMW of north america, inc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2017 x5 sdrive35i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive50i, x5 xdrive35d, and x5 xdrive40e vehicles. these vehicles are equipped with passenger frontal air bag modules using certain air bag inflators that may not vent properly in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag.

If the inflator cannot vent properly, the inflator may rupture, resulting in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants and causing serious injury or death.

BMW has notified owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. the recall began on march 20, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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03/15/17 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2002 BMW 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 323ci, 325ci, 330ci, m3, 323it, 325it and 325xit vehicles, 2001-2002 525i, 530i, 540i, m5, 525it and 540it vehicles, and 2001-2003 x5 3.0i, x5 4.4i, and x5 4.6is vehicles. these vehicles may have had a driver-side air bag module installed as replacement equipment such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bag, or as a remedy part for a prior recall. these replacement modules contain an air bag inflator that may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver side air bag module, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. the recall began march 15, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
11/01/16 BMW of north america, llc. (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW x3 sdrive28i, x3 xdrive28i, x3 xdrive35i, x3 xdrive28d, x4 xdrive28i and x4 xdrive35i vehicles, and model year 2014-2015 x5 xdrive35i, x5 sdrive35i, x5 xdrive50i, and 2014 x5 xdrive35d vehicles. the affected vehicles have a driver's frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag, free of charge. the recall began on november 1, 2016. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
08/29/14 BMW of north america llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans and 325xi sports wagons, model year 2007 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi sedans and 328i and 328xi sports wagons, model year 2006-2007 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i sedans and 530xi sports wagons, model year 2006 760i sedans, model year 2006-2007 750i, 750li, and 760li sedans, and model year 2006 x5 sports activity vehicles, equipped with certain seat types. the front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.

Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.

BMW will notify owners with an interim notification letter in january 2014 since parts are not currently available. when parts are available, BMW sent a second letter in august and dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack, free of charge. additionally, owners of model year 2006-2007 3 series with standard seats, 5 series with comfort seats, and z4 models, will receive an extended warranty on their front passenger seat occupant detection mat. owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at customerrelations@BMWusa.com.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/29/13 BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 x5 sav vehicles, manufactured september 12, 2006, through march 18, 2010 and equipped with an 8-cylinder engine. the brake vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the hose. the contamination could result in a loss of power assist braking.

The loss of power assist in braking could increase stopping distance and lead to a vehicle crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake vacuum line with one that contains a check valve, free of charge. the recall began during march 2013. owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at customerrelations@BMWusa.com.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
04/30/12 BMW is recalling certain model year 2011 5-series, 5-series gran turismo, model year 2012 6-series convertible, 7-series, x5 sav, and x6 sav vehicles equipped with 8- or 12-cylinder, turbocharged, engines because the circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat.

This could lead to a smoldering of the pump or an engine compartment or vehicle fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the auxiliary water pump free of charge. the safety recall began on april 30, 2012. owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.

This recall is an expansion of safety recall 11v521.customers may 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.
09/11/09 BMW is recalling my 2009 x5 and x6 vehicles. the rear brake discs may not have been manufactured according to specifications. as a result, a reduction in braking performance at the affected rear wheel could occur.

In an extreme case, the affected rear brake disc could break resulting in a loss of braking at that wheel increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners and will repair the vehicles by inspecting the rear brake discs and, if necessary, replace them free of charge. the safety recall began on september 11, 2009. owners may contact BMW customer relations and services toll-free at 1-800-525-7417.

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 .
10/28/05 On certain sport utility vehicles, the attachment of the brake line support bracket within the front left wheel well was not welded according to specifications. it could loosen and over time the brake hose could rub against the wheel well.

The front left brake hose could become damaged to the point where a loss of brake fluid could occur increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will re-attach the brake line support bracket to the front left wheel well free of charge. the recall began on september 20, 2005. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers 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.
07/16/04 On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 8 and 12 cylinder engines, the digital engine management control (emc) units were not produced according to specifications.

As a result, engine stalling will occur after a short period of operation. the vehicle may not be able to restart. also, a loss of power steering and, after repeated actuation of the brake pedal, a loss of brake power assist will occur. these conditions could result in a vehicle crash.

Dealers will install a new digital engine management control unit. the recall began on july 16, 2004. owners should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
06/23/03 On certain passenger vehicles, it is possible that the distance between the brake line and the steering shaft joint is not sufficient. if this occurs, the brake line could come into contact with the joint and eventually suffer damage and corrosion.

A loss of brake fluid, indicated by a warning light in the instrument panel, could occur. this will be accompanied by a reduction in front brake performance. this could lead to a crash.

Dealers will inspect the distance between the brake line and the steering shaft joint, and if necessary, increase the distance. owner notification began june 23, 2003. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
09/28/01 Vehicle description: passenger vehicles. the engine auxiliary/cooling fan operation, including variable speed, is electronically controlled. failure of the fan motor can cause the electrical circuitry of the fan control unit to overload and fail, causing the fan to stop operating.

If this were to occur, engine overheating and subsequent engine damage could result. in addition, it is possible for the failure of the electrical circuitry to cause a fire in the fan control unit located in the front of the engine compartment.

Dealers will replace the fan. owner notification began september 28, 2001. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
08/17/01 Vehicle description: sport utility vehicles. due to an assembly error, one or both self-locking nuts that secure the pedal assembly to the booster may have been cross-threaded on the booster studs that protrude through the firewall. in such a case, the nut(s) would not be fully seated on the stud(s).

If this occurred, the effective brake pedal travel could be reduced due to relative movement between the pedal and booster. braking performance while driving could be adversely affected. in addition, it is possible that the booster could develop a leak after an extended period of time resulting in a reduction in brake power assist.

Dealers will inspect the two lock nuts to determine if they are properly seated. if the nuts are not properly seated or are cross-threaded, the brake booster will be replaced. owner notification began august 17, 2001. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
11/14/00 Vehicle description: sport utility vehicles. the nut that secures the axial joint of the left steering tie rod to the steering gear box may have not have been tightened securely. this could lead to loosening of the nut and, initially to steering wheel play and/or misalignment, as well as noise from the steering linkage. if vehicle operation continues, the tie rod could disconnect from the steering gear box.

If this were to occur, loss of steering control could result.

Dealers will inspect and re-torque the nut securing the axial joint of the left steering tie rod. if the torque of the nut is found to be loose, the right nut will also be checked and corrected if necessary, and a front wheel alignment will be performed.

Owner notification began november 14, 2000.owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/31/69 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xdrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, x3 3.0si, x3 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive30i, z4 3.0i, z4 3.0si and z4 sdrive30i vehicles. the heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (pcv) valve may short circuit.

An electrical short can cause the parts within the pcv valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pcv valve heater, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin december 18, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
12/31/69 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2012 x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i, x5 xdrive50i, x5 m, x6 xdrive35i, x6 xdrive50i, and x6 m vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in alabama, california, florida, georgia, hawaii, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas, puerto rico, american samoa, guam, the northern mariana islands (saipan), and the u.s. virgin islands, or "zone a." additionally, unless included in "zone a" above, BMW is recalling certain 2009 x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i, x5 xdrive50i, and x5 m vehicles, 2008-2009 x6 xdrive 35i, x6 xdrive50i, x6 m, and 2009 x5 xdrive35d vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in arizona, arkansas, delaware, district of columbia, illinois, indiana, kansas, kentucky, maryland, missouri, nebraska, nevada, new jersey, new mexico, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia, and west virginia, or "zone b." additionally, unless included in "zone a" or "zone b" above, BMW is recalling certain 2007-2008 x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i, x5 xdrive50i and x5 m vehicles, and 2008 x6 xdrive35i, x6 xdrive50i, and x6 m vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in the states of alaska, colorado, connecticut, idaho, iowa, maine, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, montana, new hampshire, new york, north dakota, oregon, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, washington, wisconsin, and wyoming. these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments



02/08/17 Engine BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 BMW x5 3.0si, x5 4.8i, x5 m, x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i and x5 xdrive50i, 2008-2011 x6 x drive35i, x6 xdrive50i and x6 m, 2010-2011 x6 activehybrid, 535i xdrive gran turismo, 535i gran turismo, 550i xdrive gran turismo and 550i gran turismo, 2011-2012 528i, 535i, 535i xdrive, 550i and 550i xdrive and 2012 535i activehybrid, 640i convertible, 650i convertible, 650i xdrive convertible, 650i coupe and 650i coupe xdrive vehicles. the affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.

The loose wires may cause the connector to melt, resulting in a fuel leak. additionally, the fuel pump may stop working, possibly causing an engine stall and increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. the recall began february 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
09/24/14 Engine BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i coupe, 128i convertible, 328i sedan, 328i xdrive sedan, 328i coupe, 328i convertible, 328i sports wagon and z4 sdrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i coupe, 135i convertible, 335i sedan, x5 xdrive 35i, and x6 xdrive 35i, 2011 335i xdrive sedan, 335i coupe, 335i convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xdrive sedan, x3 xdrive 28i, and x3 xdrive 35i, 2010 x3 xdrive 30i, and x5 xdrive 30i, 2012 640i coupe, and 640i convertible and 2010-2012 535i gran turismo vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (vanos) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.

If the bolts loosen or break the engine may have reduced power or stall. an engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four vanos housing bolts for both vanos units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. in addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline 6 cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition. the recall began on september 24, 2014. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
09/26/13 Engine BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 x5 xdrive35d vehicles equipped with a diesel engine and manufactured from june 13, 2009, through november 9, 2009. the fuel filter heater, which is used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures, could experience an electrical overload condition and become permanently activated.

The fuel filter heater could remain activated even when the ignition is off and lead to a dead battery. the unit could also overheat, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel filter heater, free of charge. the safety recall began on september 26, 2013. owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417.

This recall is an expansion of safety recall 11v-441.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/15/13 Engine BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 x5 xdrive 35d sav diesel vehicles manufactured september 1, 2008, through november 15, 2012. the engine belt idler pulley bolt could loosen and break over time.

If the engine belt idler pulley bolt breaks, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace and tighten the idler pulley bolt. the recall began on january 15, 2013. owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW 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 www.safercar.gov.
08/10/11 Engine BMW is recalling certain model year 2011, x5 diesel sports activity vehicles (sav) manufactured from march 31, 2011, through may 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, if power steering assist is lost, manual steering capability is still retained and could increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the engine belt tensioner free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during august 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 .
01/11/11 Engine BMW is recalling certain model year 2008 x5 savs vehicles with 6-cylinder engines manufactured from november 1, 2007 through august 31, 2008. due to a manufacturing process fault, the fuel pump was not produced to specifications. under specific vehicle operating conditions, the fuel pump's commutator could experience an increase in wear.

This wear could lead to fuel pump malfunction and engine stalling. engine stalling could create a potential for a crash resulting in injury or death.

Dealers will replace the in-tank fuel pump free of charge. the safety recall began on january 11, 2011. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

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 .
10/29/07 Engine On certain vehicles equipped with v8 engines, in conditions of below freezing temperatures combined with low humidity, it is possible for electrostatic discharge to occur at the fuel rails. if this were to occur, the engine electronic control unit (ecu) could be affected so that engine stalling could result.

If stalling were to occur, the driver may not be able to maintain vehicle speed or accelerate and the power steering could fail increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will attach two ground cables in the engine compartment free of charge. the recall began on october 29, 2007. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers 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.
09/09/04 Engine On certain sport utility vehicles, the in-tank fuel line may have been attached incorrectly.

Engine stalling could occur, even though the vehicle's fuel gauge indicates that fuel is present in the tank. depending upon traffic and road conditions, this could result in a crash.

Dealers will inspect the in-tank suction jet pump fuel line and if necessary, reattach according to specifications. this recall began september 9, 2004. owners should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
04/18/17 Transmission and Drivetrain BMW of north america, llc, (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2013 x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive50i, x5 m and x5 xdrive35d vehicles, 2011-2014 x6 xdrive35i, x6 xdrive50i and x6m vehicles, and 2011 x6 activehybrid vehicles. water and debris may enter the front driveshaft's universal joint, causing excessive wear and possibly resulting in the joint's failure.

If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. either condition may increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge. the recall began on april 18, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/08/16 Transmission and Drivetrain BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011 x5 xdrive 35i, xdrive50i, x5 m, x6 xdrive35i, x6 xdrive50i, and x6 m vehicles manufactured april 5, 2010, to november 20, 2010, 2011 x5 xdrive35d diesel vehicles manufactured april 7, 2010, to november 20, 2010, and 2011 x6 active hybrid vehicles manufactured april 15, 2010, to november 17, 2010. the affected vehicles have a front driveshaft universal joint that may not seal out water and debris from getting in and damaging the joint, which could lead to its failure.

If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. either condition may increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge. the recall began on july 8, 2016. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
02/02/12 Transmission and Drivetrain BMW is recalling certain model year 2012 x5 xdrive 35i sports activity vehicles, manufactured from december 19, 2011, through december 21, 2011. due to a manufacturing error, engagement of the transmission?s parking lock may not occur even if the ?p? position has been selected and is displayed.

If the driver believes that the transmission is in park and does not use the parking brake, the vehicle could roll away after exiting the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the automatic transmission free of charge. the safety recall began on february 2, 2012. owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.

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 .
11/30/05 Transmission and Drivetrain Certain passenger vehicles may have been built with an incorrectly manufactured automatic transmission parking pawl guide plate.

This could cause the parking lock system not to engage, after the transmission is placed in the park ("p") position. if the vehicle was parked on an incline, and the parking brake was not engaged, this could result in a vehicle rollaway condition.

Dealers will repair and replace the automatic transmission guide plate free of charge. the recall began on november 30, 2005. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-332-4269.

Customers 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.
09/08/04 Transmission and Drivetrain On certain passenger vehicles with 3.0 l engines and manual transmissions, if the vehicle is in first gear, and moving slowly, with the accelerator pedal held in a constant position of low engine speed and with the clutch pedal held in a partially depressed position, engine speed may increase.

The vehicle could accelerate unexpectedly, which could result in a crash.

Dealers will reprogram the vehicle's digital engine management control unit. the recall began on september 8, 2004. owners should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
11/10/03 Transmission and Drivetrain On certain sport utility vehicles, the bolts that hold the front differential, the right output shaft housing flange at the engine, and the right-hand engine support may be insufficiently tightened.

With prolonged driving, these bolts could become loose, cause damage to the engine and transmission housings. the right output shaft could become disconnected, affecting the ability to control the vehicle, which could result in a crash.

Dealers will inspect and retighten the drivetrain fasteners. owner notification began november 28, 2003. owners should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
03/29/13 Brakes and Traction Control BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 x5 sav vehicles, manufactured september 12, 2006, through march 18, 2010 and equipped with an 8-cylinder engine. the brake vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the hose. the contamination could result in a loss of power assist braking.

The loss of power assist in braking could increase stopping distance and lead to a vehicle crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake vacuum line with one that contains a check valve, free of charge. the recall began during march 2013. owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at customerrelations@BMWusa.com.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
09/20/07 Brakes and Traction Control Certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 135, "passenger car brake systems." the cap of the brake fluid reservoir has been designed in orderto recognize a low fluid level of the hydraulic brake system by triggering a red warning lamp in the instrument cluster. a switch that is attached to this cap could malfunction at high temperatures.

If this happened, the red warning lamp in the instrument cluster would not be activated. loss of the hydraulic brake system may cause increased stopping distances which could result in a crash.

Dealers will replace the brake fluid reservoir cap free of charge. the recall began on september 20, 2007. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers 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.
01/15/13 Suspension and Steering BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 x5 xdrive 35d sav diesel vehicles manufactured september 1, 2008, through november 15, 2012. the engine belt idler pulley bolt could loosen and break over time.

If the engine belt idler pulley bolt breaks, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace and tighten the idler pulley bolt. the recall began on january 15, 2013. owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW 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 www.safercar.gov.
07/20/12 Suspension and Steering BMW is recalling certain model year 2012 x5 vehicles equipped with a diesel engine and 2013 x5 and x6 vehicles. due to a machining error of the steering gear surface, power steering fluid may leak.

Leaking power steering fluid can spray onto hot exhaust parts, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the steering gear free of charge. the safety recall began on july 20, 2012. owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.

Customers may 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.
05/14/08 Suspension and Steering BMW is recalling 55 my 2008 x5 sport utility vehicles for problems with the rear axle stabilizer (anti-sway bar). these vehicles were equipped with a sports-suspension stabilizer rather than a standard suspension stabilizer on the rear axle.

In certain driving conditions, such as fast lane changes at high speed, the vehicle could experience an 'over-steer' behavior affecting vehicle handling and control, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the rear axle stabilizer. the recall began on may 14, 2008. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117 or via e-mail to customerrelations@BMWusa.com.

Customers may 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.
08/17/01 Suspension and Steering Vehicle description: passenger vehicles. due to an assembly error during vehicle production, any of the three bolts that secure the pulley to the pump may have been inadequately tightened.

In such a case, the bolts could ultimately loosen causing the pulley to throw off the drive belt. this would result in the loss of certain engine auxiliary functions, i.e., power steering assist, water pump, or alternator. steering effort would then be increased.

Dealers will inspect the power steering pump pulley to see if it is loose. if the pulley is not loose on the pump, the retaining bolts will be torqued to specification. if the pulley is loose, the pump, pulley, attaching bolts, and drive belt will be replaced. owner notification began august 17, 2001. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
02/06/01 Suspension and Steering Vehicle description: passenger vehicles. during assembly of these vehicles, the lower end of the spindle may not have been inserted completely into the coupling. in such a case, the fastening bolt used to secure the connection may not completely engage the spindle within the coupling. during driving, it would be possible for the spindle to disconnect.

This could result in a loss of steering capability and increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the spindle to ensure proper insertion in the coupling, and, if necessary, the spindle will be fully inserted and the fastening bolt replaced. owner notification began february 6, 2001. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
02/10/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016 x5 xdrive40e vehicles manufactured july 29, 2015, to september 9, 2015. the affected vehicles have a digital motor electronic (dme) control unit that may have a loose electrical ground cable, possibly causing an under-voltage condition which would result in the transmission shifting to neutral.

If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, there would be an increased risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the ground cable, free of charge. the recall began february 6, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
06/24/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW x5 xdrive 35d sports activity vehicles (sav) manufactured august 19, 2014, to february 16, 2015, and 2014-2015 BMW x5 xdrive 35i, x5 sdrive 35i, x5 xdrive 50i, sports activity vehicles (sav) manufactured august 28, 2013, to february 16, 2015. in the affected vehicles, the head protection system (hps) air bag may not be securely connected to the air bag inflator gas generator.

Without a secure connection to the inflator, the hps air bags may have insufficient inflation during a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the head protection system, free of charge. the recall began on june 24, 2015. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
05/31/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW is recalling certain model year 2010 x5 m sav vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment," these vehicle's were equipped with side marker lamps, but not the power supply cables leading to the lamps. as a result, the side marker lamps do not illuminate.

These vehicles do not comply with requirements of fmvss no. 108.

BMW will install power supply cables for the front side marker lamps. this service will be performed free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during may 2010. owners may contact BMW at 800-525-7417.

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 .
06/15/17 Other BMW north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2017 BMW x5 m and BMW x6 m vehicles. the vehicles are equipped with 21-inch tires, however the tire information label states that the vehicles are equipped with 20-inch tires. as such, these vehicles fail to conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 110, "tire selection and rims."

The incorrect tire size on the label does not comply with fmvss number 110.

BMW has notified the affected owners and is providing them with a corrected tire information placard, free of charge. the recall began june 15, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
12/16/14 Other BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 x5 vehicles manufactured september 12, 2014,to september 21, 2014 and equipped with the optional rear comfort seat. the left rear seat belt attachment point in the affected vehicles may not have been sufficiently welded.

In the event of a crash, the seat belt attachment could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left rear seat frame, free of charge. the recall began november 2014. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or customerrelations@BMWusa.com.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
06/13/14 Other BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 x5 sav vehicles manufactured december 12, 2013, through march 10, 2014, and equipped with the soft close automatic (sca) option. the rear side door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage.

A disengaged child safety lock would allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear side door locks and any affected door locks will be replaced, free of charge. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
10/08/10 Other BMW is recalling certain model year 2011 x5 sav and x6 sav passenger vehicles manufactured from april 1 through may 8, 2010. the tire label does not conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, "tire selection and rims." the vehicles are equipped with 20-inch wheels, but the label states that the vehicles were equipped with 19-inch wheels and the stated tire pressure is incorrect for the equipped wheels.

Improper tire inflation can result in premature tire failure or reduced vehicle handling performance, either of which can increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners and provide correct labels free of charge. the owner will have the option to affix the label themselves or they may take their vehicle to a BMW dealer who will affix the label for them at no cost. the safety recall began on october 8, 2010. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

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 .
03/30/10 Other BMW is recalling certain model year 2010 x5 and x6 sport activity vehicles manufactured between december 14, 2009 and december 16, 2009. in the upper right area of the windshield, bonding may be insufficient over a length of approximately 50cm.

In the case of a rollover, the stability of the roof could be affected increasing the risk of injuries.

BMW will notify owners and authorized dealers will remove the windshield and then reinstall with the proper bonding free of charge. the safety recall began on march 30, 2010. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

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 .
03/19/03 Other On certain passenger vehicles, the connection of the safety belt buckle to the steel rope of the tensioner does not meet BMW specifications. in severe frontal crashes, this connection can detach.

If the connection detaches, the protection provided by the safety belt is likely to be impaired, and serious injuries to the driver and/or front passenger could occur that might otherwise be mitigated.

Dealers will inspect both front safety belt tensioner and buckle assemblies, and if necessary, replace these parts. owner notification began march 19, 2003. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
09/27/00 Other Vehicle description: sport utility vehicles. the safety belt lower outboard anchorage bolt on the driver's and front passenger's seats may not have been secured properly.

In the event of a crash, the safety belt system might not be able to provide its maximum restraint function.

Dealers will inspect the bolts and correct the torque if necessary.

Owner notification began september 27,2000.owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117. also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

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BMW X5 Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.