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BMW Z4 and Mazda3 Examined in U.S. for Steering Flaws

News | July 5th, 2010 by 18
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Toyota’s highly publicized recalls in 2009 have changed how the automotive industry looks at customer complains. Every automakers is taking a closer look at these …

Toyota’s highly publicized recalls in 2009 have changed how the automotive industry looks at customer complains. Every automakers is taking a closer look at these complains and recalls seem to pile up on a monthly basis.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. auto-safety regulator, is investigating BMW’s Z4 and the Mazda3 for possible defects with power-steering systems. The models under scrutiny are the 2007-2009 Mazda3 and 2003-2005 BMW Z4, previous generation roadster.

Reports indicate that three Mazda crashes and one BMW accident occurred due to a steering issue. Overall, 104 complaints have been recorded on the BMW Z4 and Mazda3.

The model year 2007-2009 Mazda3s have had three reported crashes out of 33 complaints and model year 2003-2005 BMW Z4s have had one crash and 107 complaints, NHTSA said.

BMW Z4 and Mazda3 Examined in U.S. for Steering Flaws

“We will provide all the information they request and we cooperate with them always at these levels,” said Tom Kowaleski, BMWNA spokesman, for BusinessWeek.

The investigation covers an estimated 48,764 BMWs and 293,787 Mazdas, NHTSA said. The BMW “steering wheel sticks, binds or locks up, and requires increased steering effort resulting in difficulty controlling the vehicle,” the agency said.

The BMW malfunction, which occurs at speeds of 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour or greater and temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) or higher, may cause drivers to over-steer when turning, NHTSA said.

This potential recall follows the one reported last week by BMW’s Motorrad division which released safety notices for over 15,000 motorcycles.

[Source: BusinessWeek ]

  • plaxico

    how funny and sad is that

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Once again, you don’t understand anything from these recalls. Being a responsible company is what matters these days. NO ONE wants to be the next Toyota and go through their fiasco.

      • FreudeKing

        I still blame it on their cost cutting strategy. Like I said before, with such drastic cost cutting measure in place to please shareholders in the short term, quality issues like these will definitely pop up. There has been 5 recalls excluding this one to date this year from the BMW Group (and only 6 months have passed).

        I am not questioning the recall, it is neccessary for a company that is responsible. But the blame should be why did these faults happen in the first place. more than 100 complaints and BMW has still not acted? What are they waiting for??? the motorplan and warranty of these Z4’s to expire so that they can avoid costs of repairs? Sorry but something is wrong at the root and it is management’s aggressive cost cutting strategy, which will eventually hurt the shareholders ironically.

        Look at BP and Toyota – their downfalls are all due to cost cutting strategies. You know, just to add another point, don’t you think the company would have been maximising cost efficiency before you embark on cost cutting measures? It is highly likely that these extra measures impairs the neccessary controls put in place to ensure good quality and reliability.

        This all does not paint a good picture

    • Doug

      That narrows it down quite a bit. Including the behavior.

    • M5POWER

      Exactly my thought Doug… plaxico, you are one utterly retarded person you know that? At least BMW is responsible enough to make recalls when there’s a defect for their owners safety…

      • plaxico

        get some normal nick and ill talk to ya

        • M5POWER

          Got problem with it??

  • Doug

    Is there some connection between the mazda3 and the z4? Do they use the same power steering components?

    • FreudeKing

      let’s hope not

  • Laszlo

    the car on the picture is the NEW Z4 and the recall affects the older model.

    The complaint might be small numbers but significant if happens to you. I do not wish to drive a car if there is a defect. BMW and MAZDA will issue a fix or adjust something for sure,

    BMW has a lot of recalls lately, especially since the Toyota trouble.

  • scott hogsett

    The reason I sold my 2004 Z4 back in 2007 was because of the steering. I drove it for 1 1/2 years and almost got killed because of the steering effort. Took into the dealer and a mechanic said ” YAH, WE GOT SEVERAL IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS WITH THIS PROBLEM”.This is extremely dangerous and at 6’2′ 210 I could hardly
    controll the steering.

    • kcsnyud

      But the new one should be fine… i hope

      • FreudeKing

        I think it couold be a huge problem. Many just report to the dealerships and only a handfull would report to NHTSA.

        I think BMW is delaying the possible recall and it does not smell responsible to me.

  • The Lee

    It’s always interesting to see what they deem worthy of a recall, compared to what they don’t. We now have a recall due to “increased steering effort” on a few years of the Z4, while the LF-20 power steering pump debacle from the E46 remains a “service bulletin” (aka: customer pays the tab when the pump fails prematurely).

    As much as I’d love to be able to applaud BMW for taking action on a particularly dangerous issue, I get the feeling that it was only done because of outside influences threatening their bottom line. I just can’t see them recalling the Z4 because deep in their hearts they knew it was the right thing to do.

    • FreudeKing

      Sorry, but they are currently not recalling…. they are being examined for not recalling as they are offering protentially dangerous products. They probably knew about this issue from 2003 already, why have they not acted if it is true that this is such a common problem? Surely it is not merely more effort to steer.

  • Nugent

    My girl 22 died in BMW mini with a design flaw power steering which is use on z4 and mini thanks to America lawsuit for all mini 2002 to 2009 BMW not recall Toyota recalled after 18 deaths and 274 crashes hope the lawsuits hit BMW hard.BMW brought rover 10 pound give it back to rovers boys and girls which made a mini with no power design flaws.

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  • Sstephens3

    Have any z4 2004 owners have top motors fail. we know of three and and would like to hear from any others. 3 out of 3 seems excessive thank you

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