Some unusual problems are nipping at the heels of a pair of European luxury automakers this week. The German car-maker BMW is issuing a pair of recall campaigns over emissions issues and problems with the head rest. Meanwhile, famed Italian sports car-maker Ferrari says that some of its Italia 458 and California models could get a case of the shakes.
The 2012 BMW 3 Series
BMW AG is recalling about 7,600 of its 3 Series models worldwide. The cars were built between Oct. 19, 2011, and March 18, 2012. The recall is over the front head rests, which may extend too high. Because of this, they could possibly slam down in the event of an accident, thereby increasing the chance of serious injuries.
To fix the problem, BMW service technicians will attach a clamp to the head rest posts, preventing it from slamming down. As always, the repairs are free of charge to owners, and the recall is expected to start before the end of this month.
Second BMW recall
According to the Automotive Business review, the German luxury automaker is also recalling about 24,000 more cars in the United States. This second recall is for emission problems that could be polluting the air excessively.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles were assembled between 2009 and 2011. About 2,740 2011 and 2012 X5 xDrive50i and X6 xDrive50i cars, as well as 21,600 335d models that go back as far as 2009, are affected in the recall.
Smoking is not allowed
The affected cars may visibly issue smoke from the tailpipe, according to the Automotive Business Review.
Some of the parts in the emissions system could be faulty. Those parts include the SCR catalyst, the EGR valve and the DEF mixer. These imperfections could cause the system to miscalculate mileage and therefore expel excessive CO2 pollutants from the tailpipe. The cars may exceed emissions standards in some states.
That recall begins today, May 9. The affected owners will receive a letter, says Automotive News.
Ferrari 458 Italia and California models
Meanwhile, Ferrari is recalling 664 of its 458 Italia and California sports models around the world over a poorly assembled crankshaft that can possibly cause escalating vibrations. These vibrations could cause severe damage the engine over time.
A Ferrari spokesman stated the obvious in remarks to Autocar:
“We are writing to all clients affected now, asking them to return the car to a dealer for the work to be done.”
Oddly, the model year of the affected cars was not disclosed in the press material. Also, it is unknown how many of the cars are in the U.S. at this time. Sixteen, however, are known to be in the United Kingdom.