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March 10, 2000

2000 BMW X5s Recalled

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published the recall of certain 2000 BMW X5 automobiles, manufactured between October - November, 1999, because the lower steering shaft coupling includes a plastic collar which fits over the lower steering rack input shaft. This collar is pushed down onto the steering rack and tightened during assembly.

On some of the affected vehicles, the collar may not have been pushed down fully onto the rack at the assembly plant. If this occurs, operation of the vehicle, especially in rough road conditions, can cause the clearance between the collar and the steering rack to increase to the point where the input shaft can separate from the rack, resulting in a loss of steering capability.

Approximately 190 vehicles are affected by this recall.  Dealers will inspect the steering rack input shaft collar for proper positioning, and reposition if necessary.

Owner notification was expected to begin during during February 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V010]

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers March 10, 2000.

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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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