Defective Anchor Bar, Front Universal Joint Trigger Recalls from BMW

About 210,000 vehicles are included in the two recalls

Defective Anchor Bar, Front Universal Joint Trigger Recalls from BMW
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June 14, 2016

BMW of North America has announced a pair of recalls for vehicles with safety concerns.

First, the automaker is recalling about 189,000 vehicles that have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system. A damaged lower anchor bar may increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2011-2017 X3 sDrive28i
  • 2011-2017 X3 xDrive28i
  • 2011-2017 X3 xDrive35i
  • 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d
  • 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i
  • 2015-2017 X4 xDrive35i
  • 2015-2017 X4 xDriveM40i

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 12, 2016.

Next, the company is recalling about 21,000 vehicles due to a front driveshaft universal joint that may not seal out water and debris from getting in and damaging the joint, which could lead to its failure.

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.

The following model year vehicles are included in the recall:

  • 2011 X5 xDrive 35i
  • 2011 X5 xDrive50i
  • 2011 X5 M
  • 2011 X6 xDrive35i
  • 2011 X6 xDrive50i
  • 2011 X6 M
  • 2011 X5 xDrive35d diesel
  • 2011 X6 Active Hybrid

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 1, 2016.

Owners with questions about either of these recalls can contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417.