The German automaker – the largest luxury manufacturer in the world – has prompted a recall of the high-performance M5 and M6 machines after reporting at least nine instances of driveshaft failure.
The carmaker has decided to call back for servicing 956 units of the 2015 M5 and M6 in the United States as the driveshafts can potentially fracture and then break down. More to the point, this safety campaign calls back to dealers 543 examples of the M5 with production dates between September 4, 2014, and December 4, 2014; 82 examples of the M6 Coupe from September 3, 2014, through December 3, 2014; 99 M6 Convertibles from September 8, 2014, through December 4, 2014; and 232M6 Gran Coupes from September 3, 2014, through December 4, 2014.
Apparently the high-performance vehicles got an improper weld on the driveshaft – resulting in failure. If that occurs when driving, the owner would experience a power loss – BMw saying the critical velocity is between 35 and 50 miles per hour (56 to 80 kilometers per hour) because of the load on the transmission when going from second into third gear. The first incident was reported back in August 2015 when an M5 had a failed driveshaft – and nine instances have been recorded so far. No accidents or injuries occurred. The company will have dealers inspect and replace the driveshaft starting September.