BMW Recall Alert: Over 150,000 Vehicles Has “Loose Bolts”

In a recent move aimed at ensuring passenger safety on American roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated a comprehensive recall involving over 155,600 BMW vehicles produced between 2010 and 2012.

This wide-reaching action arises from concerns surrounding defective camshaft timing bolts within the Variable Camshaft Timing Adjustment Unit (VANOS), a crucial engine component.

These loose bolts are believed to increase the likelihood of engine stalling while the vehicle is in motion, thereby threatening driver safety.

According to the NHTSA, the aluminum bolts that secure the VANOS unit may loosen over time, potentially leading to serious consequences such as engine failure. Although no accidents have been reported as a result of this issue, the manufacturer has recognized the problem and promised to take corrective action.

As a result, owners of concerned vehicles are encouraged to bring their vehicles to authorized dealerships for free repairs.

The following models have been affected:

  • 2010-2012 1 Series Coupe
  • 2010-2012 1 Series Convertible
  • 2010-2012 3 Series Sedan
  • 2010-2012 3 Series Convertible
  • 2010-2011 3 Series Sportswagon
  • 2010-2011 3 Series Coupe
  • 2010-2011 5 Series Sedan
  • 2010-2011 X3 xDrive 28i
  • 2010-2011 X3 xDrive 30i
  • 2010-2011 X5 xDrive 30i
  • 2010-2011 Z4 sDrive 30i

According to recent reports, certain drivers operating BMWs equipped with specific engines have encountered unexpected problems linked to malfunctioning fasteners. These difficulties can result in erratic motor conduct, uncommon engine noise, and visible warning lights on the control panel. Under extreme circumstances, the car could slip into a restricted-power “limp residence” setting.

In response to these concerns, BMW has swiftly initiated corrective measures. Approved BMW dealerships will supply replacement parts without charge to impacted car owners. This notification procedure was scheduled to begin on December 12.

An additional message will subsequently be sent as soon as fix providers become accessible, enabling afflicted cars to get their required bolt substitutions promptly.

BMW owners should contact customer care at 800-525-7417 for further guidance and help with the recall procedure. Customers can also input their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) site to see whether their exact make and model are subject to any current recalls.


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