Affinia and NAPA Auto Parts are recalling certain aftermarket Acura TL suspension parts for incorrect labeling and sizing. BMW is recalling all 2012 X5 xDrive35d models for issues with welds in the belt tensioner.
Aftermarket Suspension Ball Joints for 2004-2008 Acura TL Recalled for Improper Sizing, Labeling
The Problem: The Affinia Group is recalling aftermarket front suspension lower ball joints for the 2004-2008 Acura TL, which were sold through NAPA Auto Parts outlets. Due to a mistake in the NAPA catalogue, the installers were told to purchase incorrectly-sized stud nuts. Installation of these too-small nuts could result in the ball joint separating, leading to a suspension collapse. Affinia started the recall after receiving one complaint of vehicle damage, but there were no injuries or fatalities.
The Fix: Affinia and NAPA have corrected the catalogs (both paper and online) and are contacting possible part owners. All unsold inventory has been pulled from NAPA shelves. Owners can also contact Affinia at 1-815-759-7757.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Fewer than 150. Only extends to 2004-2008 Acura TLs with aftermarket suspension parts purchased through NAPA.
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Recalled for Belt Tensioner Issues
The Problem: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d models manufactured between March 31, 2011 and May 19, 2011 may have issues with the welds in the belt tensioner. The welds may have small cracks, which could result in the tensioner malfunctioning and a loss of power steering. BMW started the recall after being notified by the supplier and then testing components — there have been no injuries or deaths as a result.
The Fix: BMW Dealers will replace the affected tensioners, free of charge, beginning this month. Customers can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 923 2012 X5 xDrive35d models, manufactured between March 31 and May 19.