BMW of North America will recall a handful of vehicles built with control arms that can potentially fall apart.
The Westwood, New Jersey-based manufacturer sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a safety recall report on June 28, 2018 stating they will recall 43 2018 BMW X5 xDrive50i, 2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d and 2018 BMW X6 sDrive35i vehicles built between June 9 and June 11, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain front lower-left control arms with insufficiently-hardened pivot bolts. These bolts can break, compromising the control arm, severely affecting vehicle handling and control and increasing crash risk.
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BMW stated in its recall chronology component supplier THK Rhythm Automotive Canada informed them on June 15, 2018 about a possible production process issue. The issue caused some control arms to not receive adequately hardened pivot bolts.
The supplier immediately reviewed production records and identified all potentially affected parts. They worked with BMW to determine which vehicles received affected control arms. After determining the affected VIN range, BMW initiated a voluntary recall on June 21, 2018.
BMW will notify owners and dealers will inspect the lower-left control arms and replace if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 20, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law lawyers help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.