German automaker BMW recently announced that the company is recalling about 8,700 cars out of the road. BMW added that the reason behind the recall is a potential problem with the rear CV joint.
The recall notice from BMW was already filed with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall order states that there is a considerable potential for the CV joint to break, which in turn can cause loss of propulsion and may result in a crash.
According to Consumer Affairs, the following cars are expected to be recalled: 2011 and 2012 models of 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 1 Series M Coupe, 2011 Z4 sDrive 35i, 335d, 335i, 335i Coupe, 335is Coupe, 335i Convertible, 335is Convertible, 535i xDrive, 535i, 535i Gran Turismo, 550i xDrie Gran Turismo, and 2012 models of the 740Li and 740i.
BMW said that it will notify owners about the impending. Additionally, BMW assured its consumers that its dealers will properly inspect the rear driveshaft CV joint and if it is defective, they will replace it completely for free. BMW said that the recall is expected to start on March 27. BMW added that customers can contact the company to double check if their car models are part of the recall.
In similar news, BMW is also recalling more than 40,000 vehicles in China. The recall though is for a completely different reason. China's quality watchdog confirmed that BMW will recall 41,685 cars in China due to defective airbags, according to China Daily.
It was not confirmed whether this latest airbag recall has something to do with faulty Takata airbags. However, the incidents have some similarities. Just like the Takata airbag problem, BMW's latest problem stems from damaged gas generators which may cause flying debris when the airbags are inflated. This poses risks of injuries and even fatality when not properly addressed.