BMW recalls six 2012 X5 xDrive35i models

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BMW issues one of the smallest recall campaigns in recent memory. Image: Ron Sombilon Gallery/Flickr/CC BY-ND

It’s not the smallest recall in recent memory, but it’s close. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that BMW will be recalling exactly six 2012 X5 xDrive35i models to replace the automatic transmissions. The cars may roll away if the parking brake is not set, the NHTSA said.

Manufacturing error

The NHTSA reported in a statement:

“Due to a manufacturing error, engagement of the transmission’s parking lock may not occur even if the ‘P’ position has been selected and is displayed. If the driver believes that the transmission is in park and does not use the parking brake, the vehicle could roll away after exiting the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.”

The six vehicles in question were manufactured between Dec. 19, 2011 and Dec. 21, 2011. BMW said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect.

Cars can be driven, BMW says

BMW warned owners not to “leave this problem unattended,” but said that owners could drive the cars before getting a replacement transmission, with caution.

The automaker said in a letter to owners:

“You may continue to drive your vehicle, but when parking and before leaving your vehicle, please make sure that the park position ‘P’ is engaged AND the parking brake is engaged.”

Transmission replaced

The German automaker says it will replace the transmissions at no cost to owners. The recall begins before the end of January. Concerned BMW owners can call BMW at 1-800-525-7471 for more information.

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Not the smallest recall

Even at only six cars, the BMW X5 xDrive35i is not the smallest recall in recent history. In march 2010, Toyota recalled two Tundra pickups for potential troubles with the front propeller shaft. The Japanese automaker warned of a defect that could cause a crack, leading to the drive-shaft breaking off and falling off of the vehicles.


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