2012 BMW X5 35d

BMW is recalling 33,214 of its 2009 to 2013 X5 xDrive 35d diesel SUVs because an engine idler pulley may break, which could lead to a sudden loss of power steering, the automaker says.

Although drivers will still be able to steer the vehicle if power steering fails, doing so will be more difficult. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the alternator warning light on the dashboard will be illuminated if the idler pulley fails.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain BMW X5 xDrive 35d diesel SUVs built between March 12, 2008, and June 27, 2013.

The problem: The engine idler pulley bolt can loosen and break over time. If the bolt breaks, drivers would experience a sudden loss of power steering in addition to other problems.

The fix: A correction is “still under development,” NHTSA says.

How to contact the manufacturer: BMW will contact owners of affected vehicles by mail starting July 13, 2018. Owners may also contact BMW at 800-525-7417.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V336000.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

CR members can stay up to date on their car recalls using our Car Recall Tracker.

2012 BMW X5 35d rear