August 30, 2001
1999-2000 BMW X5 4.4i Recalled
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting BMW
manufactured between September 1999 - February 2001.
On certain sport
utility vehicles, there is a plastic carrier to which the oil filter housing
is attached. Oil supply and return lines are attached to the filter housing.
Over time, this carrier could sag slightly. If this happens, one of the oil
lines, which are armored with steel mesh, could come into contact and chafe
a steel brake line located immediately underneath. Continued chaffing can
cause the anticorrosion coating of this brake line to fail, allowing the
brake line to rust through and leading to loss of brake fluid, failure of
the rear brake circuit, extended stoppage distances, and possible crash.
sport utility vehicles are affected by this recall.
Dealers will install a rubber spacer
below the plastic carrier to prevent sagging and subsequent contact between
the oil and brake lines. Brake lines whose anticorrosion layer is found to
be damaged as a result of contact with the oil line will be replaced.
The manufacturer has reported that
owner notification was to begin during July 2001. Owners who do not receive
the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at
[NHTSA Recall No.
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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