BMW Adds Over 134,000 SUVs To 2016 Recall Over Faulty Driveshaft Joints

Mar 11, 2017 06:36 PM EST | JP Olvido

BMW is adding over 134,000 SUVs to a 2016 recall over faulty driveshaft joints. The faulty driveshaft joints were said to possibly fail and forcing vehicles to an involuntary full stop.

BMW adds 134,000 SUVs to 2016 recall over faulty driveshaft joints. The 2016 recall originally involved around 21,000 of the German car manufacturer's vehicles. This year, the company decided to expand the recall due to an increase in warranty claims.

According to the German car manufacturer, some front universal join seals were manufactured in error which could possibly cause water and dirt to leak into the joint. The error will lead to faster wear and tear and eventually lead to vehicle failing.

The added vehicles total over 134,000 SUVs that covers specific X5 and X6 SUVs from 2011 to 2014. The additional recalled vehicles are only from the United States and Canada.

The German car manufacturer has said that it has so far not received any reports of injuries due to the faulty driveshaft joints which caused the recall. The company will be replacing the front driveshaft of affected vehicles at no cost to the owners. This will officially start this coming April 24 with the company contacting the owners.

This BMW recall is not the first for German car manufacturer in 2017. The German car manufacturer also recalled over 230,000 of its vehicles due to faulty Takata airbag inflators early this year. The Takata-related recall covered 2001 to 2003 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 vehicles. Other car manufacturers affected by the faulty Takata airbag inflators is Ford and involved around 816,000 of its vehicles with 654,695 in the United States and another 161,174 in Canada.

The company also recalled over 19,000 units of its i3 Rex plug-in hybrid vehicle in the United States. That particular recall was due to possible fuel vapor leaks that increase the risk of fire inside the vehicle.

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