Electronic Power Steering Control Unit Not Welded – 2017 BMW X3 xDrive 28i

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V704
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Components STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected 103


Electronic Power Steering Control Unit Not Welded

An increase in pin contact resistance can increase the risk of a fire, even while the vehicle is parked and ignition is off.



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling one model year 2017 BMW X3 xDrive 28i vehicle manufactured on June 7, 2016.

This vehicle has electronic power steering (EPS), and the contact pins on the EPS control unit may not have been welded properly resulting in increased resistance.



The vehicle was repaired at the dealership before sale.

Therefore, an owner notification notice will not be issued for this campaign.

Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Check if your BMW has a Recall


SI B32 10 16
Steering and Wheel Alignment

November 2016
Technical Service





F25 (X3) F26 (X4) F15 (X5) F16 (X6)
F23 (2 Series) F33 (4 Series Convertible) F36 (4 Series Gran Coupe)



BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall involving certain Model Year 2015 – 2017 vehicles. This involves the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) control unit. The EPS control unit may not have been produced to specifications. EPS control unit electrical contact pins may not have been welded which could increase electrical resistance.

There are 103 vehicles involved in this recall. For your convenience, we have attached the VIN list of the affected vehicles. A Q &A is also attached.

This bulletin will be updated with repair instructions, parts and warranty information when it becomes available.



View PDF attachment Recall Notice B321016.
View PDF attachment B321016 VIN List.
View PDF attachment B321016 Q&A.




To:  All Center Operators, Sales Managers, Service Manager, Parts Manager and Warranty Processor

RE:  Recall Campaign 16V-704:  Replace Electronic Power Steering (EPS) – B32 10 16


BMW Group is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective November 17, 2016) involving the Electronic Power Steering.  F25 (X3), F26 (X4), F15 (X5), F16 (X6), F23 (2 Series), F33 (4 Series Convertible) and F36 (4 Series Gran Coupe)

Owners will be notified by First Class mail about the Recall and will be instructed to bring their vehicles in for a free repair when parts are available.


Please be reminded that it is a violation of federal law (The Safety Act) for you to sell, lease or deliver any new motor vehicle covered by this notification until the recall repair has been performed.  This means that centers may not legally deliver new motor vehicles to consumers until they are fixed or use/sell replacement equipment/parts subject to this recall.  Note also that substantial civil penalties apply to violations of the Safety Act. 


Also, you should not sell, lease or deliver any Certified Pre-Owned or used vehicles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed. 


Please follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.


We appreciate all your assistance with this Recall.


B32 10 16 VIN List

0D50521 0F94079 0K34862 0N07367 0P02254
0D51751 0F94196 0K34893 0N07562 0P02256
0D51770 0F96218 0K34894 0N07954 0P02490
0D56147 0H37695 0K35004 0N75984 0P02493
0D57967 0H37749 0K55015 0P00131 0P02879
0D57969 0H38008 0K68263 0P00199 0P03211
0D57971 0H38032 0K71393 0P00528 0P03212
0D58079 0H38034 0K71395 0P00529 0P03214
0D58091 0H38056 0K71397 0P00749 0P03215
0D58095 0H38064 0K71398 0P01752 0P04438
0D58137 0H38069 0K71784 0P01785 0P05802
0D58138 0J74909 0K71786 0P01855 0P17086
0D58139 0J76324 0K71791 0P01858 0P34415
0D58243 0J76825 0K71792 0P01863 0S74808
0D58246 0J76997 0K71795 0P01864 0S74905
0D58508 0J77024 0M90057 0P01881 0S75103
0D61156 0J77075 0N07060 0P01890 0S75648
0D61162 0J77174 0N07249 0P01952 G241164
0E88121 0J97660 0N07342 0P01953 GT64412
0E97598 0J98183 0N07353 0P02012 P741905
P781615 V303990 0T02680


Electronic Power Steering (EPS) Control Unit
Safety Recall 16V-704
Model Year 2015-2017
BMW 2 Series Convertible, 4 Series (Convertible, Gran Coupe)
Last Updated 11/17/2016


Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall?

Approximately 103 BMW vehicles in the US, as noted below, are potentially affected.


Series Model Model Year Approx. Volume Production Dates
F25 X3 SAV 2015 – 2017 24 Aug 2014 – Jun 2016
F25 X3 SAV (DIESEL) 2015 1 Jan 2015
F26 X4 SAV 2015 – 2016 2 Oct 2014 – Apr 2015
F15 X5 SAV 2015 – 2016 55 Aug 2014 – Dec 2015
F15 X5 SAV (DIESEL) 2015 9 Aug 2014 – Mar 2015
F15 X5 SAV (HYBRID) 2015 4 Nov 2015 – Dec 2015
F16 X6 SAV 2015 4 Dec 2014 – Mar 2015
F23 2 Series 2015 1 Sep 2014
F33 4 Series Convertible 2015 2 Sep 2014 – Nov 2014
F36 4 Series Gran Coupe 2015 1 Mar 2014


Q2. What is the specific issue?

This safety recall involves the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) control unit.  The EPS control unit may not have been produced to specifications.  EPS control unit electrical contact pins may not have been welded which could increase electrical resistance.


Q3. What can happen as a result of this issue?

Over time, if an increase of contact pin electrical resistance occurs, then this could lead to a thermal incident.  A thermal incident could occur even with the vehicle parked and the ignition off.

Also, a loss of power assist steering could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.  However, manual steering capability is still retained.


Q4. How did BMW become aware of this issue?

BMW became aware of this issue through its quality control procedures.


Q5. Why are other BMW vehicles not included in this Safety Recall?

Other vehicles were equipped with an EPS control unit that was produced to specifications.


Q6. Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle?

If you notice a loss of power assisted steering, your vehicle may be experiencing this issue.  If this occurs, please contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 to have your vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center.


Q7. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?


However, when you receive a letter asking you to have this recall performed by an authorized BMW center, please do so as soon as possible.  If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.


Q7a. Should I park my vehicle outside?


BMW recommends that owners park their vehicles outside and away from other vehicles or structures until the recall has been performed because this issue could occur with the vehicle parked and the ignition off.


Q8. How will my vehicle be repaired?

The EPS system, which includes the EPS control unit, will be replaced.


Q9. Is BMW aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires involving these BMW vehicles associated with this Safety Recall?



Q10. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

You will receive a letter in January via First Class mail advising you of this recall and to immediately schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have this recall performed.  You can locate your nearest authorized BMW center at www.bmwusa.com/dealer.

To ensure BMW has your most recent contact and vehicle information, please register your vehicle at https://www.bmwusa.com/myBMW.  Registration is free, and will give you access to factory initiated campaigns and other information specific to your BMW vehicle.


Q11. How long will the repair take?

This repair may take several hours; however, additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center’s schedule.  The repair will be performed free of charge by your authorized BMW center.


Q12. Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my vehicle serviced?

Yes.  BMW is in the process of implementing this program to ensure that the necessary parts, tools and procedures are available at its authorized BMW centers, prior to contacting you to schedule your vehicle to have this safety recall performed. For the latest updates to this recall, please visit www.bmwusa.com/recall.



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