Steering Rod May Detach from Wheel Knuckle – ZF Lemförder Steering Center Rods

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August 28, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19E058000

Steering Rod May Detach from Wheel Knuckle

If the steering rod detaches from the steerable wheel knuckle, it can cause sudden loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19E058

Manufacturer ZF North America, Inc.

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 614

 

Summary

ZF Group North America Operations (ZF) is recalling certain Lemförder Steering Center Rods sold as aftermarket parts for 1996-2004 BMW 5-Series (E39) vehicles. The steering center rods may have an insufficient ball pin pull force that may allow the rods to detach from the steering knuckle.

 

Remedy

ZF has notified the parts distributors, instructing them to inform the end customer. ZF will reimburse them for the affected parts. The recall began August 28, 2019.

 

Notes

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.

 


SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

Reminder:  NHTSA Recall 19E-058

Date
April 09, 2020

 

Attention: Request for Return of Products – Lemförder Steering Central Rod for BMW E39

 

Dear Customer,

We refer to our letter dated 28 August 2019 in which ZF notified you of a safety recall of Lemförder steering central rods supplied to you and requested the immediate quarantine and return of potentially affected parts from you and your customers.

As of today, ZF has not received the return of all parts supplied to you.

 

ZF again requests that you immediately quarantine recalled parts in your possession and return to ZF.  ZF further requests that you promptly inform your customers that may have received recalled parts to inform them of the recall, request the immediate quarantine of recalled parts and replacement of recalled parts installed in vehicles, and the return of those parts to ZF.

 

Affected steering central rods have the potential to detach due to an out of specification condition originating at the sub-supplier.  If an affected part is installed in a vehicle and a detachment occurs, there is the potential that the steerability of the vehicle may be affected, increasing the risk of a collision.

 

As a reminder, steering central rods with part number LF: 15789 02, intended for use in BMW E39 (M5 / Alpina) built 03/96 – 12/03 vehicles may be affected.

 

Parts with production codes 0118 -1218 and 0119 – 0519 delivered from January 2018 are included in the recall. The date code and branding of the affected parts you will find on the bottom cap and on the housing as shown in the pictures below. Please examine this information carefully before to accurately identify parts included in the recall.

 

To return recalled parts, please use the established warranty process for reimbursement.

 

Recalled parts should be returned and addressed to:

ZF Friedrichshafen AG – ZF Aftermarket
Att.:
Dept. BQX4 – Quality assurance
Borgwardstrasse 16
D-28279 Bremen

 

For any additional commercial or logistic questions regarding this recall, please contact your local ZF representative.

 

Please be reminded that it is a violation of Federal law for you to sell or lease the parts covered by this notification until this recall has been performed.  Substantial civil penalties apply to violations of this law.

 

ZF is committed to the safety of its products and appreciates your assistance with this recall.

 

Kind regards

 

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

ZF Aftermarket

 


SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

ZF Aftermarket

 

Date August 28, 2019

 

Attention: Request for Return of Products – Lemförder Steering Central Rod for BMW E39

 

Dear Customer,

ZF is notifying you of a safety recall of Lemförder steering central rods supplied to you and is requesting the immediate quarantine and return of potentially affected parts.

Affected steering central rods have the potential to detach due to an out of specification condition originating at the sub-supplier.  If an affected part is installed in a vehicle and a detachment occurs, there is the potential that the steerability of the vehicle may be affected, increasing the risk of a collision.

Steering central rods with part number LF: 15789 02, intended for use in BMW E39 (M5 / Alpina) built 03/96 – 12/03 vehicles may be affected.

Parts with production codes 0118 -1218 and 0119 – 0519 delivered from January 2018 are included in the recall. The date code and branding of the affected parts you will find on the bottom cap and on the housing as shown in the pictures below. Please examine this information carefully before to accurately identify parts included in the recall.

Please immediately quarantine these parts in your possession and return to ZF.  ZF also seeks your assistance in immediately contacting your customers that may have received these parts to inform them of the recall, request that recalled parts be quarantined, recalled parts installed in vehicles be replaced, and request the return of recalled parts to ZF.

To return recalled parts, please use the established warranty process for reimbursement.

 

Recalled parts should be returned and addressed to:

ZF Friedrichshafen AG – ZF Aftermarket
Dept. BQX4 – Quality assurance
Borgwardstrasse 16
D-28279 Bremen

 

For any additional commercial or logistic questions regarding this recall, please contact your local ZF representative.

 

Please be reminded that it is a violation of Federal law for you to sell or lease the parts covered by this notification until this recall has been performed.  Substantial civil penalties apply to violations of this law.

 

ZF is committed to the safety of its products and appreciates your assistance with this recall.

 

Kind regards

 

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

ZF Aftermarket


10 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BMW 5 SERIES 1996-2004

 


Equipment

BRAND PART NO. PRODUCTION DATES
LEMFORDER STEERING CENTER ROD 01/01/2018 – 05/31/2019

 


15 Associated Documents

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)- Recall 19E058 ZF U.S. Customers Reminder Letter

RCMN-19E058-2546.pdf 156.528KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2019-3

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

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Defect Notice 573 Report

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19E058-8037.pdf 244.694KB

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 2

RCLRPT-19E058-5323.PDF 236.29KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)-2019.08.28 ZF Customer Letter for Lemforder Steering Central Rod Recall

RCMN-19E058-0937.pdf 154.988KB

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 3

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-4

RCLQRT-19E058-8660.PDF 211.228KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2020-1

RCLQRT-19E058-7958.PDF 211.304KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-4

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 5

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Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2020-2

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Recall Quarterly Report #5, 2020-3

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