According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a small number of 2011 BMW X3 SUVs are being recalled due to power steering issues. Last week, BMW recalled its larger BMW X5 for an unrelated steering issue due to possible cracks in the welds of the belt tensioner.
The Problem: According to the NHTSA, the affected X3s have a faulty control module in the Electric Power Steering (EPS) unit. Consequently, the unit’s failure will cause a loss in power steering assistance, which increases the driver’s risk of a crash.
The Fix: BMW will fix the faulty module free of charge. The automaker will notify owners shortly. Owners may also contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The NHTSA states that 50 vehicles are affected. Specifically, only BMW X3s built from April 27, 2011 to June 8, 2011 are included in the recall.