BMW Recalls X5 SUVs for a Bad Belt Tensioner

Only diesel engine models are affected by the recall.

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

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327 or go to about NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V332.

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