BMW is recalling 2012 model X5 SUVs in North America because the belt tensioner can fail as part of a larger global service action. Diesel engine models have a Czech Republic built tensioner with defective welds that can suddenly fail.
If the belt tensioner fails a loss of power steering results, thereby increasing the possibility of a crash.
BMW dealers will replace the engine belt tensioner without charge as is required by U.S. safety regulations. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417, or via email at email@example.com.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327 or go to http://www.safercar.gov about NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V332.