Recall 21V031: Steering Spindle – 2021 BMW X5, X6 & X7

January 29, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V031000

Loose Steering Column Shaft

A loose steering column shaft universal joint connection can affect vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V031

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 21



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2021 X5 sDrive40i, X5 xDrive40i, X5M, X5 xDrive45e, X6 sDrive40i, X6 xDrive40i, X7 xDrive40i, X7 M50i vehicles. The steering column shaft’s universal joint connection may not have been tightened to specifications, and can become loose.



BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, depending upon the inspection, either the bolt will be replaced and tightened to specifications, or the steering column shaft, universal joint, and bolt will be replaced and tightened to specifications, free of charge. The recall began March 30, 2021. 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


Check if your BMW has a Recall


SIB 32 01 21



This Service Information Bulletin (Revision 1) replaces SI B32 01 21 dated January 2021.


What’s New (Specific text highlighted):

  • Correction, Procedure, Parts, Warranty added


Please perform the procedure outlined in this Service Information on all affected vehicles before customer delivery. In the event the customer has already taken delivery of the vehicle, please perform the procedure the next time the vehicle is in the shop.



E-Series Model Description Production Date
F95 X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle September 8, 2020 – September 12, 2020
G05 X5 Sports Activity Vehicle September 8. 2020 – September 16, 2020
G06 X6 Sports Activity Coupe September 9, 2020 – September 17, 2020
G07 X7 Sports Activity Vehicle September 10, 2020 – September 16, 2020



Affected vehicles which require this Campaign to be completed will show it as “Open” when checked either in AIR, the “Service Menu” of DCSnet (Dealer Communication System), ISPA NEXT or Warranty Vehicle Inquiry.



BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective January 22, 2021) on a small number of Model Year 2021 BMW vehicles that were produced between September 8, 2020 and September 17, 2020.


The steering spindle may not have been assembled to specifications.  If this occurred, it would be noticed by unusual noise and/or some “play” in the steering system.


The Recall Notice and Q&A have been attached for further information.



Inspect the universal joint bolted connection at the steering spindle to the universal joint (lower shaft). If necessary, replace the steering spindle and universal joint.



  1. Remove the wheel arch cover, rear side, from the left front of vehicle as per REP51 71 039.


  1. Remove the bolt (1) from the steering spindle universal joint connection (3).


  1. Inspect universal joint for imprint from the bolt head.


NOTE: A clear photo of the universal joint surface where the bolt head contacts it (see next photo), regardless of results, must be submitted immediately via a TSARA info case.

The case is for documentation only and not a request for authorization.


  1. Can an imprint of the bolt head be seen on the universal joint surface as indicated in the area of the red arrows?


Yes, replace the bolt, and torque to specifications per REP 32 31 211


No, replace the steering spindle and universal joint as per REP 32 31 070 and 32 32 211



Only use and invoice the part numbers below that apply.


Performing a part number look-up in ETK (EPC) by VIN or model in place of using/invoicing the following part numbers may result with the wrong part numbers being invoiced and installed, this could delay the payment of the claim.

Part Number Description Quantity
32 30 6 778 609 Torx bolt (M8X33) up to 3
If necessary
07 14 6 886 617 Multi-purpose bolt ASA (M10x27 10.9


G05 G06 G07
32 30 6 871 958 Steering Spindle 1
32 30 6 871 959 Double joint* 1
32 30 8 074 172 Steering Spindle 1
32 30 6 871 959 Double joint* 1


*aka universal joint


Additionally, other small parts that are not specified above, such as one-time use screws, nuts and seals, which must be replaced according to the ISTA repair instructions/ETK, must be selected from the Electronic Parts Catalogue according to the respective vehicle type and invoiced under the special defect code.




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

RE: Recall 21V-xxx: Steering Spindle – B32 01 21

BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall (effective January 22, 2021) on a small number of Model Year 2021 BMW vehicles that were produced between September 8, 2020 and September 17, 2020.

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.



Safety Recall 21V-xyz
Steering Spindle
Model Year 2021
Initial Release: 01/22/2021


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

A small number of Model Year 2021 BMW X5/X5M SAV, X6 SAC, and X7 SAV models in the US, produced in September 2020, are potentially affected.


Q2. What is the specific issue?

The steering spindle may not have been assembled to specifications.  If this occurred, it would be noticed by unusual noise and/or some “play” in the steering system.


Q3. Why are other models / vehicles not included in this Safety Recall?

Other models have had the steering spindle assembled according to specifications.


Q4. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes.  However, when you receive a letter requesting you to make an appointment to have this Safety 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.


Q5. Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle?

If you notice an unusual noise from the area of the steering system, or notice extra “play” within the steering system, your vehicle may be experiencing this issue.  If this issue occurs, carefully move away from traffic and pull over to a safe location as soon as possible.  If it is safe to do so, all occupants should carefully exit the vehicle and move to a safe location away from traffic.  Do not continue to drive the vehicle.  Contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 immediately to have your vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center.


Q6. How did BMW Group become aware of the issue?

BMW Group became aware of the issue through our quality control procedures.


Q7. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

Letters will be mailed to owners in February via First Class mail advising them of this Safety Recall and requesting them to schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have the remedy performed.  Owners can locate their nearest authorized BMW center at  To ensure BMW has the most recent contact and vehicle information, owners should register their vehicle at  Registration is free and will give them access to factory-initiated campaigns and other information specific to their BMW.


Q8. How will my vehicle be repaired?

The steering system will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired for free and may take several hours.


Q9. Do I have to wait for my letter to have my vehicle serviced?

Yes.  BMW is in the process of ensuring that the necessary tools, parts, and procedures are available prior to contacting you to schedule an appointment with your authorized BMW center to have this important Safety Recall performed.  For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit




3 Affected Products


BMW X5 2021
BMW X6 2021
BMW X7 2021


8 Associated Documents

Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2021-2

RCLQRT-21V031-1931.PDF 211.217KB



ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V031-8703.pdf 641.904KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V031-3876.pdf 737.299KB



Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V031-3391.PDF 216.7KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Broadcast Notification re BMW Recall 21V-xxx: Steering Spindle

RCMN-21V031-0881.pdf 138.305KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V031-5352.pdf 645.002KB



Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V031-1409.PDF 216.7KB



Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-1

RCLQRT-21V031-8592.PDF 211.119KB



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