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BMW Recalls 2,642 New X5 And X6 Models

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On: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW Recalls 2,642 New X5 And X6 Models

Well, you finally made it! You got that brand new BMW you've always wanted! Congratulations! However, before you start showing off that new BMW SUV, you may want to take a ride back to the dealership.  That is, if you are one of the 2,642 unlucky folks who picked up a 2012 X5/X6 or a 2013 X6 equipped with a diesel engine you may have already noticed or smelled some leaking power steering fluid.

Unfortunately, because of a mistake made during production, the steering gear surface was machined improperly, causing the leak. The bigger issue is that if that fluid comes in contact exhaust manifolds it could catch fire -- ruining that brand new Bimmer pretty quickly.

Read on for the full report, and how to contact BMW to schedule your free fix.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
BMW / X52012-2013
BMW / X62013
Manufacturer:BMW of North America, LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Jun 12, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V267000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected:2,642


BMW is recalling certain model year 2012 X5 vehicles equipped with a diesel engine and 2013 X5 and X6 vehicles. Due to a machining error of the steering gear surface, power steering fluid may leak.


Leaking power steering fluid can spray onto hot exhaust parts, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.


BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the steering gear free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2012. Owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.



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