Front Driveshaft Universal Joint may Fail – 2011-2013 BMW X5 & 2011-2014 X6

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V138
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Components POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected 121,737


Front Driveshaft Universal Joint may Fail

If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.



BMW of North America, LLC, (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2013 X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M and X5 xDrive35d vehicles, 2011-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M vehicles, and 2011 X6 ActiveHybrid Vehicles.

Water and debris may enter the front driveshaft’s universal joint, causing excessive wear and possibly resulting in the joint’s failure.



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2017.

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


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