2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC wagons, 2012-2013 BMW X5/X6s recalled

Remember when I said “’tis the season for recalls?” Well, I’m about to toss some more to ya! This time, cars from two competing brands were listed on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s website. And to kick it off, we start with BMW.

BMW and the NHTSA have just issued a recall for 2012-2013 BMW X5’s and 2013 BMW X6’s; to be more specific, 2012 BMW X5 diesel models and all 2013 X5 and X6 vehicles. The problem found is that there was a machining error with the cars’ steering gear surface, which may cause power steering fluid to leak onto hot exhaust parts, increasing the risk of an engine fire.

The second involves 2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC wagons, manufactured from July 1, 2006, through April 30, 2009. The issue here involves the rear self-leveling suspension’s connecting rod, which could fail and cause drivers to lose control.

The NHTSA noted that both manufacturers will begin notifying owners and dealers will begin inspections. For the full details, check out the NHTSA’s releases after the jump.

2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagons:

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):

MERCEDES BENZ / E350

2007-2009

Manufacturer:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Mfr’s Report Date:

JUN 11, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:

12V264000

NHTSA Action Number:

N/A

Component:

SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number of Units Affected:

3,613

Summary:

MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 E350 4MATIC WAGON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 1, 2006, THROUGH APRIL 30, 2009. A CONNECTING ROD FOR THE LOAD LEVELING REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM MAY FAIL.

Consequence:

IF THIS OCCURS, THE DRIVER MAY HAVE REDUCED VEHICLE CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:

MERCEDES-BENZ WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE LEVEL CONTROL CONNECTING ROD, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-201-573-0350.

Notes:

CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

2012-2013 BMW x5/X6

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):

BMW / X5

2012-2013

BMW / X6

2013

Manufacturer:

BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

Mfr’s Report Date:

JUN 12, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:

12V267000

NHTSA Action Number:

N/A

Component:

STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected:

2,642

Summary:

BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 X5 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A DIESEL ENGINE AND 2013 X5 AND X6 VEHICLES. DUE TO A MACHINING ERROR OF THE STEERING GEAR SURFACE, POWER STEERING FLUID MAY LEAK.

Consequence:

LEAKING POWER STEERING FLUID CAN SPRAY ONTO HOT EXHAUST PARTS, INCREASING THE RISK OF AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.

Remedy:

BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE STEERING GEAR FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:

CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

– By: Chris Chin


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