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BMW Recall Tied to Driveshaft Universal Joint

March 14, 2017

Photo of X5 xDrive35i courtesy of BMW.
Photo of X5 xDrive35i courtesy of BMW.

BMW of North America is recalling 121,737 vehicles so dealers can fix a problem with the front driveshaft’s universal joint, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall covers 2011- to 2013-model year X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M and X5 xDrive35d vehicles; 2011-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles; and 2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles.

“Water and debris may enter the front driveshaft’s universal joint, causing excessive wear and possibly resulting in the joint’s failure,” NHTSA warned on its website. “If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.”

BMW dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge, to resolve the problem. The recall is expected to begin April 24.

Vehicle owners can reach BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.

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