BMW and Mercedes-Benz Announce Vehicle Recalls

By | April 29, 2014
BMW announced a recall for a problem that may cause the engine to stall, while Mercedes-Benz is recalling cars for a taillight problem. The BMW recall affects an estimated 156,137 cars from a variety of lineups. In these cars, bolts that secure a camshaft housing can loosen and eventually break. If this happens, the engine may lose power or stall out completely, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall includes the 2010-2011 128i, 328i, and Z4 sDrive 30i models. Also included are 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i; 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i; 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i; 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible; and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles.
BMW dealerships will replace the necessary bolts free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in May. Those with inline six-cylinder engines not covered by this recall will receive an extended warranty to correct the problem. Mercedes-Benz is issuing a separate recall to fix 252,867 cars with faulty taillights. A poor electrical connection may cause the taillights on certain models to fail. Affecting 2008-2011 C300, C300 4Matic, C350, and C63 AMG vehicles, the recall will come at no cost to owners. However, parts are not currently available for the fix, so owners will have to wait until August or September. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration