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BMW Recalls 1,200 X5s

Recall From: Bayerische Motoren Werke

Models: BMW X5 Years: 2001

Number Involved: 1,200

Dates of Manufacture: September 2000

Defect: On certain 3.0i or 4.4i model sport utility vehicles, the nut that secures the axial joint of the left steering tie rod to the steering gear box may not have been tightened securely. This could lead to loosening of the nut and possible steering wheel play, or misalignment, as well as noise from the steering linkage. If vehicle operation continues, the tie rod could disconnect from the steering gear box. If this were to occur, loss of steering control could result.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect and re-torque the nut securing the axial joint of the left steering tie rod. If the nut is found to be loose, the right nut will also be checked and corrected if necessary, and a front wheel alignment will be performed. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Nov. 14, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V341]