• Jul 5, 2011
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The 2011 BMW X3 has only been on sale for a few months now, but it already faces a recall over a potentially serious problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a control module in the crossover's electric power steering system may malfunction, resulting in a loss of power steering.

This recall only affects X3s built between April 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 – 50 vehicles in total – and owners will be notified within the coming weeks. BMW dealers will repair the control module free of charge, ensuring that the X3's steering never goes berserk while out on the road. Hit the jump for NHTSA's official release.
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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 .


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      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back when I first learned to drive, cars had manual steering and of course they never had problems like these. If you have never driven a vehicle with manual steering, you really do not know what you're missing. It's really no harder than driving a car with power steering unless you are trying to park, and the connection to the road is a thousand times better. Today's drivers are a bunch of limp-wristed, pencil-necked, poodle-walking, tea-sipping nancy boys.
        dave and mary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hevace
        We know Grampa ... and you used to walk uphill in 3' of snow to school - both ways. Your comment is relatively stupid. Cars are designed the way they are because that's what most people want. It's what you are used to also. So if your normally easy(er) power steeing goes out at a critical time, it could possibly cause an accident. Blame the lawyers, not the car buyers, if anybody.
        jbm0866
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hevace
        I had a 65 Mustang back in high school with no power steering and never had any safety issues, but it was a much lighter car than a BMW X3. Also you have to consider that modern cars may not have a direct mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the steering rack....loss of power doesn't always mean that you can still steer normally with a bit more effort.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      The real issue with the steering is the lack of feel...
      MiCKeY
      • 3 Years Ago
      50 vehicles in total, April 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011, BMW sold 50 X3s, well done!