Due to a potential manufacturing glitch, 2,642 examples of the 2012 and 2013 BMW X5 and 2013 BMW X6 are being recalled. The steering gear surface on said models might have been improperly machined, which could cause power steering fluid to leak onto the hot exhaust and cause a fire in the engine compartment.

BMW will begin notifying owners in July, at which time they can take their crossovers to dealers to repaired free of charge. Scroll down for a notice on the matter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Report Date: June 21, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V267000

Vehicle Make / Model, Model Year(s): 2012-2013 BMW X5, 2013 BMW X6
Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

Component: STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,642

Summary:
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.

Consequence:
LEAKING POWER STEERING FLUID CAN SPRAY ONTO HOT EXHAUST PARTS, INCREASING THE RISK OF AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.

Remedy:
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.

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY 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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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fix the ugly ugly while you're at it BMW
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully the permanently recall the X6, and put them on a rocket and fly it into the sun.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      My neighbor bought one of these horrid things, as a matter of fact he is on his second one now and I have no idea why. An uglier X5 that carries less people and has less room inside and cost $10,000 more. I am amazed when I see people buy these things.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        It is amazing how little thought many people put into a major purchase like this. They say they "need" vehicle X, Y, or Z, but if you ask they why, they do not have a solid answer. What recession?
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      also because it's hideous.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is nothing new , I work on bmws everyday and they always have some sort of leak. Their power steering reservoir is always oily outside too, needs a redisign.
      vaua70
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why cars assembled in US majority of times have recalls, what is wrong with the suppliers
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Tim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad it wasn't the fuel pumps again.
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey morons who bash the cruze...cruze is recalled because the bottom plastic engine cover is catching all the combustible liquids BMW is leaking...