BMW has announced a recall of 2012 and 2013 BMW X5 and X6 models. The recall applies to 2,642 SUVs built between April 20, 2012 and May 29, 2012.
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The issue is with the machining of the steering gear housing, which was not within BMW’s published specifications, therefore power steering fluid can leak into the rubber boot surrounding the steering gear. As a result power steering assist loss can occur. There is also an increased risk of fire if power steering fluid is leaking.
A loss of power steering assist still leaves the driver with steering control, although a higher degree of effort is required. A change in steering effort could increase the likelihood of an accident under certain conditions.
According to BMW, the issue was uncovered during testing at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, and at the moment, the company is unaware of any customer incidents.
The recall is expected to begin in July, and BMW dealers will inspect and replace the steering gear on affected vehicles as necessary. Owners with questions or concerns can contact BMW’s customer relations department at (800) 525-7417.
Recall updates are also available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline, which can be reached at (888) 327-4236.