Recall roundup: BMW X5 image

The German based automaker BMW has recently announced a recall for the X5 because of a problem with the power assisted steering.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 29,800 units of the BMW X5 are being affected by this recall in the United States and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the power assisted steering fixed. The feds are saying that the affected vehicles might unexpectedly lose power assisted steering.

“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”, said the NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

The affected BMW X5 SUVs have been produced between the 1st of September, 2008, and the 15th of November, 2012, and they are from the 2009-2012 model years. The BMW X5s in question, which are affected by the power assisted steering problem, are from the xDrive35d versions. The recall is expected to begin in January, 2013, and the company’s dealers will replace and tighten the idler pulley bolt. Owners are being advised to contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.