According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 156,137 vehicles are being recalled by BMW. The car manufacturer claims that its recalled vehicles may suffer from engine stall due to loose bolts under the hood. The recall is set to begin in May, BMW says.
BMW vehicles that are affected by this recall are as follows: 2010-11 128i coupe, 128i convertible, 328i sedan, 328i xDrive sedan, 328i coupe, 328i convertible, 328i sports wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-12 135i coupe, 135i convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe, 335i convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i coupe, and 640i convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo.
“In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break,” said NHTSA in its summary of the issue. “If the bolts loosen or break, the engine may have reduced power or stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.
No accidents or injuries have been reported to BMW as a result of this problem.
In order to alleviate the concern, the four flawed VANOS housing bolts will be replaced for both VANOS units free of charge.
Another approximately 170,172 2010-12 BMW vehicles equipped with inline six-cylinder engines would typically also be included in this recall; however, BMW claims that these owners will receive an extended warranty to address the matter instead.
For more information on this recall, contact BMW toll-free at 1-800-525-7417.