50 New 2011 BMW X3 recalled over power steering issues

BMW X3 | July 6th, 2011 by 15
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BMW of North America has just issued a recall for the new 2011 BMW X3. Produced at the factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the new …

BMW of North America has just issued a recall for the new 2011 BMW X3. Produced at the factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the new X3 is facing a recall over an issue with the control module in the electric power steering.

The malfunction may result in a loss of power steering.

The recall affects the X3 models built between April 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011, totaling 50 vehicles. The owners are being notified and the local dealerships will repair the control module free of charge.

50 New 2011 BMW X3 recalled over power steering issues

Vehicle Make / Model: BMW / X3
Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 28, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V341000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 50

Summary

BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 27, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 8, 2011. A CONTROL MODULE IN THE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS) UNIT MAY MALFUNCTION, RESULTING IN A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSISTANCE.

Consequence

SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSISTANCE COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy

BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes

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 .

[Source: NHTSA via Autoblog ]

  • Tom Cardone

    in before the haters start to bash !
    BMW handles these situations very well

  • Tom

    Only 50 between April 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011?

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  • James H

    Typical BMW reliability.

    • Alex

      Typical US build quality.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

        Control Module  said to be at fault. The module is made in Germany or Japan, definitely not in the US.
        So please don’t write something utterly stupid to hurt the workforce here.   I have a few friends who works there and the quality control and checkpoints are same as in Germany. Also if you would have visited the plant, you would know that 90% of the work is done with robots. Manual labor is mostly a holding and handling, nothing is actually done by “hand”  when a bolt is put in, a person holds the screw-gun and points to the bolt, pushes the button and the machine tells him/her when it is done.  As long as it does not go in crooked, she/he can not make a mistake by not tightening enough or too much.

        Many times the fault is at the parts level, not at assembly. 

  • The Voiper

    They need to be recalled over “styling” issues first!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      no, they are not bad at all. Sure the Audi looks better but the X3 can hold its own quirky style. The X3 was always about function not style. The 1st gen was downright ugly, still sold well.
      The new one made at my backyard (7.5miles) and I saw them with camouflage and thought it was a same truck. once seen in life, they are a nice facelifted version of the old one. So many things were revised,  its actually a new car, but still a functional workhorse, not a pretty crossover. The X6 is the pretty crossover which sells crazy good.

  • LexusLVR

    They should have a Lexus. For a car costing so much money like an X1 I cannot and won’t tolerate failure.

    • LexusLVRSwollenAnus

      This I totally agree.  With this type of failure is intolerable to gods of Toyota.  The RX even though cost more… I would rather be in that smoking crack with LexusLVR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/RT-Elkin/664229094 R.T. Elkin

    Having worked in US American factories & machine shops for years, & having noticed the embarrassing difference between European (i.e., Swiss, German, Italian) and US work ethics and recognition/consideration of algorithmic methods of problem-solving when faced with possible dilemmas , it would not surprise me at all if the fault here, considering the small amount of vehicles affected and in light of the opacity of BMW’s press release, actually lay with a US American numbskull or two who simply treated his or her or their jobs with the unprofessional attitude that too many of us US Americans take toward “perfection” and “mediocrity” — “I’ll do the best I can, and that’ll just have to be good enough.  Nobody’s perfect, after all.”

    If I’m wrong about the application of this US attitude to the problem at hand, so much the better.  Yet the attitude itself is still an important problem needing fixing.  We must stop teaching children that “the best they can do” will always be “good enough.”  It’s instruction like that which ends with US students close to the bottom of the charts when compared to the children of other developed countries when it comes to math, science, reading, writing, etc., yet close to the top when questioned on their own self-esteem and ability to problem-solve.

    Perhaps it’s this: in the US we teach universally the legitimacy of hucksterism, despite its falsity and lack of real substance, while real knowledge, for most, slips through the cracks of a society created to forward a phony American Dream wherein everyone can and should make his or her life’s goal the accumulation of wealth, and wherein there is no pride in doing anything as a craft or trade that will not further those goals.

  • DD

    I orderd my 2011 X3 and received it sometimes in mid-March. After driving it for 2 months, I realized there are rattling sound everytime I turn my steering wheel. I brought my car in and was informed that the noise was coming from a faulty steering box. I had to wait for 3 weeks for the part to arrive from Germany. I brought the car in replace the part and was hoping that will fix the issue. But NO!!!! I can still hear the rattling noise. It seemd like 2 metals are rubbing against each other. I also heard hissing sound when I press on my brake. Brought the car in again for the 3rd time and was informed that maybe my break is dirty. They applied anti squeal and mentioned that this should do it. I was also infomed by my service manager that it is normal to hear that noise because the metal is expanding. Really???? is this true? This is my 3rd BMW and this is the first time I am hearing this. Any idea what is causing this? I have brought my car in so many times but for some reason noone is able to give  me answer why this is happening. Any advice will be much appreciated.

  • DD

    I orderd my 2011 X3 and received it sometimes in mid-March. After driving it for 2 months, I realized there are rattling sound everytime I turn my steering wheel. I brought my car in and was informed that the noise was coming from a faulty steering box. I had to wait for 3 weeks for the part to arrive fromGermany. I brought the car in replace the part and was hoping that will fix the issue. But NO!!!! I can still hear the rattling noise. It seemd like 2 metals are rubbing against each other. I also heard hissing sound when I press on my brake. Brought the car in again for the 3rd time and was informed that maybe my break is dirty. They applied anti squeal and mentioned that this should do it. I was also infomed by my service manager that it is normal to hear that noise because the metal is expanding. Really???? is this true? This is my 3rd BMW and this is the first time I am hearing this. Any idea what is causing this? I have brought my car in so many times but for some reason noone is able to give  me answer why this is happening. Any advice will be much appreciated.

  • http://www.autopartsdirect2u.com.au/ Power Steering

    It’s
    surprising news that BMW of North America has recalled the new 2011 BMW X3.
    Thanks for sharing important news.

  • Guest

    bought a new 2011 X3 and took delivery in oct mid. After a few weeks realized there is a knocking sound from the turning dry steering wheel or right front tyre when going over a stone. Taken in for service and now waiting for some spare part and BMW permission to replace a part. Also there is metal knock sound from the boot when turning the car or bump on the road. Don’t know where it comes from. Will also report to dealer service.
    Don’t make BMW as they used to i suppose. Seems like a waste of a lot of money. Suprrisingly the replacement X5 for a day was much much smoother and quiter than the X3 engine!!!!!!!

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